14 thoughts on “Attack the bloggers”

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  2. The divide between “professional” journalists and bloggers will grow ever larger in the coming months and years.

    With no barriers to entry, and no quality control, will blogs become as valuable as spam?

    I blog for fun on moneyiyour pocket does being passionate about an issue make my opinion less valuable than that of someone who derives a paycheque from the advertisers of the paper or magazine they write for?

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  4. It is an old and silly discussion. Bloggers are moderated by their readers and by fellow bloggers (who are quick to pounce on any mistake, lie, omission, or perceived threat to themselves.) Nevertheless, this argument for a utopic Universal Content Filter still exists (as if the editors and advertisers have served this purpose well in traditional journalism.)

    Journalists predicting the end of journalism and the dangers of said end have always been and will always be utter bores. (Especially at Forbes. No offense Om. 🙂 )

  5. I will be posting a podcast from Daniel’s boss Steve Forbes (his first podcast) on Monday on PodTech.net where Steve actually supports podcasting and blogs as the revolution that has changed and will change the economics of the world and of course it will be bloggers that will enact the flat tax 🙂

  6. The bloggers are banding together to “bomb” Google with links in order to get higher rankings on names, stories and events. It works. BBC News reported,”If a few hundred blogs host the same link and describe it in the same way then, as far as Google is concerned, the page they refer to is likely to be a good resource on that subject.”

  7. I had an interesting discussion recently with some of my ex colleagues at Gartner. If Google or Yahoo are becoming the universal search tools, us bloggers, followed by print media, followed by analyst firms are getting more hits and getting our perspectives read. The ratio from what I can tell is almost 7 to 2 to 1 for tech topics. So from the Google channel, many of us have more of a following than a Forbes journalist or an industry analyst. Of course, they have their own proprietary channels where their visibility is much much higher than the average blogger’s. But whose channel is growing quantum times quicker? If they are not worried, they should be. Of course, per written word the price paid is in reverse and they can afford to keep their journalists and analysts focused full time (though an analyst only spends 10-15% of his/her time writing) – most of us do it as a hobby, but with economics changing, who knows?

    As for personal attacks, smear campaigns etc – let’s see now – how many times has that printed paper – the National Inquirer been sued? Sure we have plenty of idiots in blogsphere, but print, radio and TV have their own share…Om, nothing against you, though!

  8. i think the story did the job it set out to do – create a lot of buzz, and created the controversy which basically gave a momentary lift to a fading brand.

    Many get into the semantics of media, but I don’t think one is different from the other. the blogs and MSM are co-dependent in many ways which is good. I think in the end, if you write, you want to be read.

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