Journo hot/journo not?

by Ave

There seems to be a continuous debate over whether blogging can be labelled as a form of journalism (or no)t. Surely traditional journalists feel intimidated by the sheer mass of people now publishing their work online with no great effort and no professional training, and doing what so many link very closely to journalism. There are millions of blogs with different aim and content, some of them focus on just one narrow subject, and some of them serve the purpose of an outlet for verbal diarrhea (with very personal information often being published).

A definite conclusion cannot really be made. I mean.. there are so many borderline cases where the classification depends on the ideology of the person who tries to make sense of it.

However, there are different forms of journalism, some of them harder, traditional news-based, some of them quite light-hearted and of lower quality. That is the case with blogs as well. Those that try to be journalism can somehow get away with it, and the ones that are not even trying.. they do not. Simple as that. It is quite interesting how the borderline cases have almost given birth to new subgenres of subgenres of journalism.

The Satorialist is a fashion-oriented blog. It was started by one man working in the fashion industry, and now involves a small group of people. They take pictures of people in the streets that have made a good fashion statement. Or style statement, more precisely, because style is not necessarily about the latest haute couture. It is mostly a photo blog, with short explanations and descriptions.
A good thing about The Satorialist is that it is definitely very inspiring to people who may not pay too much attention to how they dress. Well, life is not all about looking good and stylish, but it is a good place to start for a better self-esteem and subsequently a happier life. People who are at peace and happy about how they look generally seem to stress less as well. (?)

On the other hand, the whole fashion and style world can get quite pretentious at times. Their aim is a bit unclear as well. If they are trying to show good style, I reckon they should explain, analyse and justify why they have picked the people they have.

As an aesthetic experience, The Satorialist blog is quite an enjoyable one. The photographs are good quality, and my favourite one gave me a good giggle. That old man in the second picture is just so deviously funny. And supposedly has a stylish coat…

So, The Satorialist is an example of what the blogworld has created. It is a new form of fashion or style journalism, quite a borderline case, but clearly working well for the [rather narrow] target audience it has. It is nice to see that “mortal” people can be part of that big fancy glamorous fashion world as well. It seems that the previous sentence, put in a broader context, is exactly what makes blogs valuable: simple people can be part of the big things. Does everything really have to be classified (journalism or not/fashion or not/good style vs bad style/universal truth etc etc)? As long as a thing works for someone and is enjoyable, informative and useful, is that not enough?