ABSTRACT

This chapter analyses the AntiDogma blogging community, which is an open media outlet with orientation toward dissemination of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders (LGBT) related information. The purpose of this study is to examine to what extent authors use the blog as a media outlet to report about current political and social events and what reporting practices and routines they employ. The advent of the Internet represents a critical point in the evolution of alternative media in general and citizen journalism in particular. The Russian blogosphere emerged in the context of increasingly restricted system of mass media which resulted from the intensifying authoritarian tendencies. Without editorial control and professional ethical guidelines, bloggers can engage in controversial newsgathering practices that not only yield unverified information but also pose threats to the privacy of users. Finally, it is important to point out that the media work of AntiDogma blogging community is defined by its grassroots character and lack of formal organization.