Andy Abramson, a top-ranked VoIP blogger who has worked on both the dark side (PR) and light side (journalism) of news production, has an interesting post about the new style of journalism we are likely to witness at this year's Computer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. There was a time, not too long ago, when bloggers were at the back of the pack. Now they belong at the front, says Andy, because of the speed with which they can create compelling content (Andy calls this "instant journalism"). He adds:
Bloggers are now as important to the established companies as the mainstream media have always been, not just to the new and emerging companies with something new to show. As a matter of fact if you have to pick between the analyst, media or blogger this week, unfortunately the analyst drops to third in importance if you've got something to tell and sell. Candidly some media types who are not on deadline should take a page out of the sportswriters creed and code of mutual respect...photographers and those on deadline to the front of the pack, everyone else to the back.
Reminds me of other packs that once trolled and ruled Las Vegas. To get around that place, it makes sense to sitck together. Plenty of opportunity for that this year at CES. The Bloghaus and a number or private parties are designed to do that.
UPDATE: Gizmodo slips into the CES convention center, and takes photos. Very Ocean's Eleven ...