I, like Robert Niles, have always found it deeply irritating to hear reporters and editors refer to blogs as parasitic. Unlike me, Niles did something about it. He wrote a column that debunks the idea.
One of the problems, I think, is that many MSM types know only a handful of political blogs, or have seen only blogs that linked to their work, or have come across one or two personal journals, and subsequently jumped to the irrational conclusion that such a small sample size reflects the whole of the blogosphere. As they say, you can’t see the forest for the trees, and you’ll never see the whole ecosystem of the blogosphere by concentrating on just a species or two.
The best way to understand blogging is to blog. That’s why I say: All journalists should blog. You can’t get modern media without understanding blogs, and you can’t understand blogs unless you do it.
UPDATE: John Robinson adds some worthwhile thoughts on his own blog.