Wednesday, May 26, 2004

New York Times Discovers Blogs 

In an age where major newspapers have 24 hour newsrooms and compete with each other to provide the most timely updates, the New York Times looks askance at bloggers who do the same. By using obviously ridiculous anecdotal evidence of people going to extreme measures, Katie Hafner dismisses blogging as a "novelty."

Perhaps it is not surprising that the New York Times is trying to discredit a method of people sharing information and news while bypassing established institutional vehicles of news gathering. Sure, some people overly obsess over their blogs and some do tire of continuously posting on a regular basis. But, I don't think it's worse than when major newspapers outright lie, misrepresent themselves by asserting objectivity and plagiarize the works of others.

The New York Times is "obsessive" in its quest to maintain its preeminent position in market share. It's very own website now publishes articles, like this one in question, before they appear in print the next day. The New York Times is a 24 hour operation. The beauty of people being able to run their own blog is that they get to say what they wish they saw in the New York Times. And that just might be the real problem.

Here are some items from the NY Times article, For some, the blogging never stops.

For some, it becomes an obsession. Such bloggers often feel compelled to write several times daily and feel anxious if they don't keep up. As they spend more time hunkered over their computers, they neglect family, friends and jobs. They blog at home, at work and on the road.
For many bloggers, the novelty soon wears off and their persistence fades. Sometimes, too, the realization that no one is reading sets in. A few blogs have thousands of readers, but never have so many people written so much to be read by so few.

I wonder if this next line applies to newspapers. . .
For it seems that the more popular a blog becomes, the more some bloggers feel the need to post.

Ah, here we go. It should be called "internet booze." Or, how about "internet crack."
Where some frequent bloggers might label themselves merely ardent, Mr. Pierce is more realistic. "I wouldn't call it dedicated, I would call it a problem," he said. "If this were beer, I'd be an alcoholic."

What are you doing, you should be reading the Sunday Times!
When traffic to the blog, greg.abstract.ch started to rise, he began devoting half a day every day and much of the weekend to it. Mr. Rothfuss said he has few memories of that period in his life aside from the compulsive blogging.

The link: For some, the blogging never stops.

Update: People are blogging about the people who are writing about the people who blog; A Small Victory, Daniel Drezner, TalkLeft, Pandagon, Jozjozjoz, Crescat Sentatia, Secular Blasphemy, Conversations with Dina, Peking Duck, Unfogged, RantingProfs, and Random Thoughts, Niraj.


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