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From Bricks To Pajamas: The Law And Economics Of Amateur Journalism, Larry E. Ribstein Oct 2006

From Bricks To Pajamas: The Law And Economics Of Amateur Journalism, Larry E. Ribstein

William & Mary Law Review

Weblogs have proliferated rapidly in recent years, attracting significant attention and generating important legal issues. Yet so far no coherent economic framework for addressing these issues exists. This Article begins to develop such a framework. It views blogs as the vanguard of what might be called "amateur journalism. " Because the Web and related technology have enabled low entry barriers, blogs can be an important source of specialized knowledge. However, bloggers do not work within a monitoring structure as in large news organizations, and individual blogs may be less accurate than conventional news sources. On the other hand, blogs as a ...