It is the Lehman crisis and an interview of Nicolas Demorand at France Inter, the French leading radio, which incited the French newspaper Le Monde to invite me as a blogger. After 600 posts, 100,000 comments and 7,000.000 posts read, I have learned to clarify my thoughts, make them more accessible, and not to worry about comments that might be aggressive, nasty or out of context while appreciating constructive ones. My theme “demystifying finance: markets and ethics” was bound to be controversial. Finance and “banksters” have become the target of a lot of frustrations, even those who might have nothing to do with it. Its main theme “demystifying finance: ethics and markets” was bound to be controversial. The blog has become a forum on banks, economics, regulation and international subjects. I welcome it.
Following an award as the best economic blog in 2003 by the French magazine Challenges, I was invited to become a blogger on Huffington Post, a new electronic and video media that was built by Adriana Huffington, a media star in the United States. My objective here is to present an international view of what the United States decides or executes. The splendid isolationism of most US media do not provide space or time to express “another view”.
The commitment to be a blogger cannot be underestimated: the choice of topics, the sources of information and the time it takes to explain are challenging. Furthermore covering a complex subject is 500 words is much more difficult than in 5,000 words. It also creates a community of readers and provides the traditional media with topics and information that might not have been addressed or accessible to them.
Journalism and Blogging have become so close that journalists have become bloggers to be able to express their views independently from the requirements of good journalism. Bloggers should not pretend to be journalists.