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How is it that I’ve never seen this? Via someone’s Tumblr, via Ning, I stumbled upon Minneapolis Metblogs. This is just one city-focused blog that is a part of over-arching Metroblogging, “the world’s largest network of city-focused blogs, covering local issues in over 50 cities in the world”.

 

What is Metroblogging?

Metroblogging started off as a more locally focused alternative news source in Los Angeles and has turned into the largest and fastest growing network of city-specific blogs on the Web. We got sick of reading local news that was syndicated from the other side of the country, or was just repurposed national chit chat that had nothing to do with our city. We created our first blog as a throw back to the days when a local news paper focused on local issues, and you could walk down to the corner coffee shop and chat up the reporters whose column you read earlier that day. This idea didn’t stay in one city for long and before we knew it there were Metblogs in Chicago, Portland, Karachi, and Vienna. Today there are over 50 Metblogs in countries all over the world. Local politics, event reviews, lunch recommendations and ways to avoid that big traffic jam downtown. If it’s happening in our cities, we’re on it.

They’re featured in Forbes’ “Best of Web” Directory.

With such collectively-sourced blogs like this, it encourages us to consider the validity and power of citizen journalism. And, whether or not this form of content is becoming more of an authoritative voice in whatever its respective category may be. In what way is it becoming a more valuable source as we continue to question the media and increasingly look to peer review and word-of-mouth perspective? 

Also see citizen media, user-generated content, citizen journalism sources.

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Part micro-blog with a sense of Craigslist Rants & Raves, Ventibate is the place to go if you A) need to get something off your chest anonymously, B) need validation that we all deal with idiocy and unfairness and we all deal with crap together, or C) really need a good laugh on a boring day at the office. Oh yeah, but I also think it is interesting that Ventibate categorizes complaints (stories?) like Consumer, Relationships, Sex, Politics, and Work.


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