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01 October 2006

Transparency in Blogging

Dennis Dale has released his (and no doubt anyone's) first annual blog report for his Untethered blog for the "egotistical year ending August 30, 2006." While Untethered is among the best written blogs around, this cautionary note in the report should give potential investors pause:
A severe shortage of original thought continues to plague the ideational development department. Expertise and knowledge remain scarce commodities. Wisdom and clarity acquisition costs remain prohibitive.
On the other hand, similar problems haven't gotten in the way of some other blogs' popularity.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

indeed

October 02, 2006 6:44 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

Indeed, indeed. I should have added "Read the whole thing."

October 02, 2006 9:48 PM  
Anonymous nameless said...

This probably sums up how the mainstream media feels about bloggers. From Brad DeLong's blog:

TIME Magazine -- Do Newspapers Have a Future?: Quarreling about staff cuts, the old medium is missing the bigger questions: By MICHAEL KINSLEY
It seems hopeless. How can the newspaper industry survive the Internet? On the one hand, newspapers are expected to supply their content free on the Web. On the other hand, their most profitable advertising--classifieds--is being lost to sites like Craigslist. And display advertising is close behind. Meanwhile, there is the blog terror: people are getting their understanding of the world from random lunatics riffing in their underwear, rather than professional journalists with standards and passports.... [T]he home-delivered newspaper is an archaic object.... [Y]ou can skip the newspapers and go to some site that makes the news more entertaining or politically simpatico. And where do these wannabes get most of their information? From newspapers, of course....
So are we doomed to get our news from some acned 12-year-old in his parents' basement recycling rumors from the Internet echo chamber? Not necessarily.... [T]here is room between the New York Times and myleftarmpit.com for new forms that liberate journalism from its encrusted conceits while preserving its standards, like accuracy.

Personally, I only riff in my underwear when I walk outside to retrieve the newspaper.

October 03, 2006 9:56 AM  

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