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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  1. identicon
    Ben McNelly, 28 Oct 2005 @ 7:22am

    No Subject Given

    "A blogger can go out and make any statement about anybody, and you can't control it. That's a difficult thing,"

    - You see, this is what the problem is. Free speech can be used for good or evil. The fact you can't control it (at least not yet) is a good thing. You cannot equate this to slander or even defaming, because its peoples personal opinion. Sure they can flat out lie and start rumors and network to try and take you out, but thats not any different than the same power the media has... Only problem is joe-blows blog may get more credibility. But hey, that why companies make the big bucks, so they can hire mercinaries from canada to take out legions of online dweebs right? Oh, hold on, sombodies at the door... be right ba

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