On page 76 in the Alternative Media Handbook, The Guardian, is mentioned briefly.  It was mentioned so briefly, in fact, that I was intrigued to look deeper into it.  The Guardian has been a mainstream British Newspaper for quite some time now.  According to the Alternative Media handbook, “The blog has become the focal point for much mainstream media attention, perhaps due to its personal roots, enabling mainstream journalism to develop human-interest stories around its creators rather more easily than it can explore the more abstract, political goals of networks such as Indymedia” (p. 76).  This is precisely what the Guardian did.  The Guardian has always updated its fans on current events, politics, you know, mainstream stuff.  However, at the turn of millennium they started to post “warblogs.” A warblog is an online blog that follows the events of an ongoing war.  However, this was not a mainstream blog, only the online followers of the Guardian’s website could follow.  They were encouraged to comment of the posts and make their own posts expressing their opinions and such on the matters at hand.  I, personally, found it interesting how such a mainstream medium went into an alternative-style of reporting when blogs were just beginning to flourish into something tremendous.  Today, though, there are a number of blogs on the Guardian website (guardian.co.uk).  But, primarily, this website is a site of current events and mainstream information that updates itself seemingly minute by minute.

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