A CSM article discusses the Pajamas Media, an entity that aims to gather together the best of the blogs under one umbrella:
If a single thought-provoking weblog can find a large audience, might 70 or more linked together start a revolution?
That’s what Pajamas Media hopes to find out. Backed by $3.5 million in venture capital, the nascent media company has gathered some of the most highly regarded bloggers on the Internet at one site (osm.org), hoping, as co-founder Roger Simon puts it, “to be the place for breaking Internet opinion.”
According to Pajamas Media, the goal is:
PJM’s mission is to expand the influence of weblogs by finding and promoting the best of them, providing bloggers with a forum to meet and share resources, and the chance to join a for-profit network that will give them additional leverage to pursue knowledge wherever they may find it. From academics, professionals and decorated experts, to ordinary citizens sitting around the house opining in their pajamas, our community of bloggers are among the most widely read and influential citizen journalists out there, and our roster will be expanding daily. We also plan to provide a bridge between old media and new, bringing bloggers and mainstream journalists—more and more of whom have started to blog—together in a debate-friendly forum.
Pajamas Media has thus far landed with a thud. Its website has been criticized as being too boring and corporate. People are claiming it is politically unbalanced with too many conservative bloggers.
In response, Pajamas Media founder Roger L. Simon explains in the CSM article:
Simon promises a livelier front page that will pose a controversial question such as “Should the UN run the Internet?” and then let its bloggers have at it from all sides. The site employs editors in Los Angeles, Sydney, Australia, and Barcelona, Spain, so that it can be updated 24 hours a day. And it’s streaming in feeds from conventional news sources while developing its own “fact checking” system to ensure the quality of its information.
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