Mark Grigoryan argues, and I agree with him, that the format of blogs is quite different from that of mass media, and requires different skills. He doubts the information value of the “questions” asked by these bloggers, and quite rightly so.
I am afraid that the information value of their questions was not there. Emotional filling - certainly yes. "Questions” were anti-opposition… and that is all and nothing more.I can’t help myself but wonder: may be the real intention behind recent close engagements of presidential staff with few pro-government bloggers is to discredit blogs/blogging in the eyes of population, in general, from the beginning, without even allowing their further development. Taking into account yesterday’s press conference, this task could be easily accomplished, and very soon.
One “question” was on how [opposition] sit-in in the Northern Avenue supposedly leads to bankruptcy of shopkeepers located there, and the other - on why police did not disperse rallies, which were not sanctioned by the authorities. […]
I am afraid that the fact of invitation of bloggers to the press-conference does not reflect their real weight and real significance in public life. What it reflects is the influence of few bloggers within the presidential staff. And if my fears are justified, it is "disservice" ["медвежья услуга"] both towards Armenian bloggers, and the presidential staff.