Function

New Estate

Reporting on stories under-reported by the traditional media is a cornerstone function of the blogosphere as a participant in the fifth estate. As the blogosphere is the only medium by which such comprehensive coverage of minority issues could be accomplish, its representation of these areas warrants its coveraged be described as an estate in its own right.

Or, is the function of the blogosphere merely a subset of the fifth estate as a broader, more amorphous institution?

Complementary, Corrective and Diversifying Subset of Fifth Estate

The question of the blogosphere’s function in the fifth estate – whether it aims form a whole new estate, holding the fourth estate to the account on behalf of the people, or whether it is an element of the fifth estate sent to complement the fourth estate, tweak it here and there until it comes good, or good enough.

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