I Hereby Coin The Phrase “Brobdingnagian Factcheckathon”July 27, 2007
Brobdingnagian factcheckathon – First used here, it describes a phenomenon of “citizen journalism” employed by bloggers on a massive scale, usually with the intention of debunking a story that has appeared in the mainstream media (MSM). It is characterized by a high level of cooperation between blogs and a reliance on reader tips sent in by email or in the comments sections. During these events it is not unusual for individual bloggers to pull “all-nighters” in an attempt to get a scoop on the story. Typically, the story is of a politically sensitive nature, and leads the event to be conducted primarily by bloggers on one side of the political spectrum (see Rathergate, Jamil Hussein, and Scott Thomas Beauchamp ).