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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 ).

2 comments

  1. […] came the Brobdingnagian factcheckathon (see HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE.)  […]


  2. […] (((((((((WE MAY HAVE FOUND A BROBDINGNAGIAN FACTCHECKATHON)))))))))))) […]



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