Apart from expanding intellectual discourse and keeping the media on its toes, The Acorn remains primarily an effort to educate an opinionated mind.
Subhash Agrawal mentions this blog in his balanced column on blogs, journalism and public discourse.
What lies in the future, and how does it impact us here? First, blogs will eventually force mainstream media, even in India, to pay attention if not homage. Neither will replace the other, but big media will have to relearn a few essentials, especially about honesty…
Second, the world of political and social blogs, at least in the US or in major Asian and European countries, is already very professional, and this presents Indian thinkers and policymakers an alternate entry point for studying local trends in various parts of the world, perhaps even another way to actively garner intellectual support for Indian positions on diplomatic issues.
Overall, blogs are an exciting new genre, best described as â€˜citizen journalismâ€™, that can enlarge public debates beyond the elite, act as a media watchdog and generally create a culture of critical thought. Maybe not the best thing since sliced bread, but a pretty nifty invention nevertheless. And we can all own a piece of it. [FE]