TMZ and the New Style o’ Journalism

Filed in Gather Entertainment News Channel by on February 9, 2009 0 Comments

As I have obviously been scooped on this whole Chris Brown and Rihanna fight, I thought I’d focus on something entirely different: TMZ and how it’s affecting journalism in the new internet age. For those of you not in the know, TMZ stands for Thirty Mile Zone – a portion of the Hollywood strip where a majority of their stories take place.

Now those of you that have been following my posts (and don’t think I don’t know who you are) might note I often link TMZ. That’s because TMZ is usually the first place to find the best information first. And by “best” I do mean “juiciest”. I found some of my favorite (though not most popular posts here): Chris Jericho’s fight with fans, Etta James Beef with Beyonce, and Tommy Lee’s Helicopter Pilot’s bizarre run in with the LAPD.

But this isn’t about me and my posts – this is about how I think TMZ is changing things. Not in terms of content, but in their ability to present said content. In my mind TMZ is scooping the “real” news sources simply because they can put it on the internet first. Cut free from filling time slots, as they need to do on such stations as CNN of FOX, TMZ is able to get their stories out first, dispersing it into the ether of the internet. Thus getting maximum exposure for the minimum effort. Without the need for TV production, TMZ is becoming (at least in my mind) a legitimate news source.

Now I’m sure this view isn’t going to be popular, but I don’t think it makes it any less legit. News, and the way we find it, is changing in the new internet age. And I believe news sources like TMZ – created to uses exclusively on the internet, will soon put the older sources out of business.

But what do I know. This whole TMZ fascination of mine may just be the product of one too many cocktails. If one could actually have one too many that isÂ…

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