And You Thought The Blog Bashing By Journalists Went Out Of Style In 2004...

from the you-said-what-now? dept

We almost never mention stories about "blogging" or "bloggers" around here because, frankly, who really cares? There's enough navel gazing going on out there, and unless there's something really interesting and different to write about, it's really just not worth it. And, while we're pretty certain that the blogworld is about to have a field day with this new Forbes article that BoingBoing is pointing out, we'd recommend that it's much better to just read it as a comedy piece (or maybe a drinking game). That's about the only way I can figure it was approved to be written and published. It simply must be satire by an incredibly bored journalist. Honestly. My guess is that the author, Daniel Lyons, wrote the article pretending to take on the persona of the "bloggers" he then skewers -- because it seems like he does every single thing in the article (and the sidebars) that he accuses "bloggers" (in general) of doing. So, let's all just pretend that it's satire and the Forbes' editorial process didn't really let this go in as a serious piece, and let it go. It had seemed like these sort of "condemn all bloggers" pieces had gone out of style about a year ago -- but hats off to Lyons for reviving the genre with such... gusto.
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    David, 28 Oct 2005 @ 6:48am

    Lyons has been peeved for a while

    Dan Lyons has been attacking the Groklaw site for a long time, and I suspect that's colored his view of all blogs. His statement in the article that Groklaw's "origins are a mystery" is completely false. He and other journalists have been trying to prove for a while that Groklaw is secretly funded by IBM, but there's no evidence of that. It's run by one paralegal, Pamela Jones, who just happens to think that SCO's an unethical company.

    Read some of Lyons' other articles. He's full of invective and short on fact.

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