Blogging does have a tendency to elicit the worst in people. How could it not? It's a medium that basically allows everyone to become an instant pundit. Forget research or reasoned analysis or nuance. Forget job qualifications. Heck, forget the byline. In the blog game, it's all about making the sort of witty snap judgments that will draw the most site traffic (read: ad revenue).Clearly, everyone who blogs is raking in all that sweet, sweet cash. Bloggers must be millionaires, they're so damned snappy and witty. So where's my check? I have ads on my site. Am I just not being snappy and dumbed-down enough? Man, I'm missing out on all that lucrative ad revenue. The good news is, rumor has it, the check is in the mail. Luckily, Google doesn't have a time limit, because it's almost been a full year since I put the ads on my site. Man, I can't wait for that check - all $100 of it. I bet no one earns so much per word - that's gotta be what? .02 cents a blog?
On a less serious note, apparently Charley, Mike and Lynne never, ever research what they write about. There's never, ever any nuance or "reasoned analysis" on their websites. They have no job qualifications because, after all, only Important People should be able to have a dialogue about the direction our country is moving in. Clearly, people working at the Boston Globe know so much more about what's going on than any blogger out there, that's why I never, ever need to write blogs criticizing their work. Right?
There are probably more good bloggers out there than not. It's just so easy for the media elite to publish attacks on bloggers, either harping on the few bad ones out there, or just resting on the always-ethereal idea that bloggers aren't constrained by such things as ethics. Except, of course, when reporters blog. Or when they read blogs. Because if there's anything anyone should know about journalists it's that almost everyone single one of them reads (and occasionally steals, without attribution) from the 'sphere. If only the media realized that every criticism they level against bloggers can be reflected right back on them. Hello, Judy Miller, the War in Iraq and every other idiotic Republican-owned aspect that skipped right past the vaunted 4th-estate snuff test.
But, that's right. Blame it all on the blogosphere. Our analysis can't be trusted. After all, we all told you Joe Lieberman was a lying liar during the election. Meanwhile, the media told the public "no one wanted to get out of Iraq" more than Lieberman. That's some seriously seasoned analysis - lies mixed with cayenne pepper, naivety and butter scotch, to make it all go down more easily. Mmmm. There's a reason why Steven Colbert made up the term 'truthiness' and it has nothing to do with the blogosphere. Sadly, I don't see many columns in the Globe criticizing print journalism lately. Maybe that's why circulation is down?