Moblogging has become the medium of choice for many journalists covering wars, riots, and other visually newsworthy crises because it has three essential elements that members of the press revere.
When asked what his father would have said about moblogging, Eric McLuhan replied that, Electric technologies of all kinds make obsolete all of our old bureaucratic institutions, which relate to the world of print and heavy industry.
Prophetically, moblogging complements Marshall McLuhan's decades-old notion that, "One of the paradoxical features of substituting software information for hardware machinery is total decentralization." (McLuhan Global Village p.
More importantly, Outing points out a distinctive aspect of moblogging, namely that it has created a: ...
These convention confrontations exemplify the scramble "to find new environments in which it will be possible to live with our new inventions." (McLuhan Massage p.124.) The key element about moblogging and its visually challenged counterpart blogging is that these new media fulfill a McLuhan insight, namely that electronic media decentralize both information and communication.
With moblogging and blogging, more and more media-savvy individuals like the above-mentioned "Smart Mobs" and "Citizen Journalists" can be roused from this self-protective numbing.