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An epistemic defence of the blogosphere


Coady, D, An epistemic defence of the blogosphere, Journal of Applied Philosophy, 28, (3) pp. 277-294. ISSN 0264-3758 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1468-5930.2011.00527.x


Alvin Goldman claims that the conventional media is in decline as a result of competition from the blogosphere, and that this is a threat to our epistemic wellbeing and, as a result, a threat to good democratic decision-making. He supports this claim with three common complaints about the blogosphere: first, that it is undermining professional journalism, second, that, unlike the conventional media, it lacks 'balance', and finally that it is a parasite on the conventional media. I defend the blogosphere against these charges. I argue that the blogosphere has benefited us epistemically and improved our democratic practices, and that there is every reason to expect that it will continue to do so.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Epistemology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Coady, D (Dr David Coady)
ID Code:69987
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Philosophy
Deposited On:2011-05-26
Last Modified:2018-03-16
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