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The driving force behind a corporate entity is the bottom line, and unearthing corporate scandals about your advertisers or their affiliates just isn’t good for the bottom line. Obviously some stories do still get through, but it is easy to see why it is not in the corporate media’s self interest to spend money on stories that will hurt their profitability. One of the ironic strengths of independent media is that they rarely can sustain their creators’ economic needs. While this means that independent journalists have far less time to dedicate to journalistic pursuits as a sole means of employment, it also means 21 Richard G.

But the weblog made it easier than ever to create content, link to what others were saying, and allow readers to comment. In other words: to have a conversation. While the popularity of blogging continues to grow, it is no longer the ubiquitous medium of content distribution and online interaction that it once was. Frequently, internet users now document their lives via images and captions on photo-sharing sites like Flickr. As digital video cameras become more affordable, we see a rise in vlogging and personal YouTube channels.

It began in the early 19th century when the invention of the iron press and machine made paper—the first major innovations to the printing press since Gutenberg—which dropped the cost of regularly producing a small newspaper low enough to place it within reach of a small group of people or even a sufficiently dedicated individual with few resources other than passion. During this era, the linkages between social movements and their journals were extremely tight. Movement journals were often a movement’s first institution; in some cases they remained the only one.

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