Dinosaur roar

Dinosaur roar

: The frequently clueless Editor & Publisher, voice of the newspaper industry (:cough:), is without clue again today with a piece that advises:

Blogs are a horrible way to deliver journalism. Forget them.

Near as I can tell, this is written by a young person named Graham Webster who says he blogs but gives neither his age (which is relevant) nor his URL (ditto). Transparency, people, transparency. Still, you don’t have to old to roar like a dinosaur. He misses the point: Blogs aren’t about big publishers blogging; they are about the public publishing. Webster admits that he reads blogs to get story ideas. Ding! Ding! Ding! You read them to get… NEWS!

  • That remark reminds me of “Democracy is the worst form of government except for every other form of government that’s been tried.” Which is pretty loosely approximating the actual quote, so if some one has the actual one, please correct me!

  • EverKarl

    Are you suggesting that if the writer was a student at the Medill school at Northwestern, he might not have the broader perspective a vet like yourself brings to the discussion? Or that someone who just spent a lot of money on a journalism degree might summarily reject the notion that the non-credentialed might compete or criticize members of such a noble profession?
    I’m just sayin’ — hypothetically, y’know?

  • Angelos

    The head-in-the-sand naÔvetÈ is astounding.

  • Transparency, people, transparency.
    Unless the anonymous bloggers are in question are from… oh, I don’t know–let’s say Iraq–in which case I’ll call you an accessory to murderer if you speculate about who they really are or question their authenticity.
    Do you even read your own blog, Jeff?

  • But the coming generation doesn’t use blogs to get their news. Some young political junkies (read: political science majors and student journalists) have the time to plow through the likes of Wonkette, Talking Points Memo, and Andrew Sullivan’s blog. For most of us, however, we want a page with what print designers would call multiple entry points.
    Will someone please tell poor Mr. Webster about RSS?
    We want to see the most important news on one screen, ranked by an editorial filter we trust.
    How precious.