Sunday, October 11, 2009

Idiotic Comment on Blogs - now we're Scabs

When I was reading that "Deadline: Hollywood" blog I decided to go through some of the comments just for grins. I usually don't bother because they are so vitrolic but I couldn't help myself with this one, on the topic of how newspapers can "monetize" their content behind firewalls (like the WSJ):
The free ride is coming to an end. News gathering operations cannot sustain themselves by giving it all away, and freebie blogs cannot provide the accurate, unbiased hard-news reporting that professional news organizations provide and that feeds the freebie beast. There will always be unpaid people who write for the ego trip — I liken them to scabs who fill in for striking union workers — and the most popular blogs will draw enough traffic to survive on ads. But it’s like the difference between buying a TV from someone selling it out of the trunk of their car and buying it from the store. You want reliability? Pay the subscription fee.

So here it is - this is really what the traditional news media probably meant to say (since they are a heavily unionized organization) - that we're just "scabs" taking food out of their mouths, living off their creativity.

We are certainly "unpaid" and yes, there is some sort of an ego-trip to writing and putting your thoughts out on the internet where anyone with 2 seconds of time can throw a rude or inane comment onto your post. The part that that really sets me off is the idea that the journalists KNOW MORE than the typical blogger - this likely ISN'T TRUE - since the bloggers (that we're talking about) write about topics that they know well and care about intensely. In our own way, we are trying to make the world a better place, to enlighten and maybe entertain, and to raise topics that often very intelligent people further analyze and provide comments on (ignoring the trolls, of course).

OK, enough of this, it is as bad as politics... I'm moving on.


Dan from Madison said...

The giant thing that they miss is that I would say 99% of bloggers just do it for their own reasons. I have my reasons and so does every other blog author.

Thomas said...

Blogs and traditional, newspaper-type journalism are very distinct mediums. Granted, you can find both on the internet and topics may overlap, but generally, blogs offer something different than traditional media, and vice versa. Blogs can focus on interaction between writer and reader, immediacy, and niche topics that might not be profitable for a publication, but people are passionate about. Newspapers can focus on more in-depth reporting that requires investigative journalism and follow-ups, like accompanying a sports team or political candidate. My $0.02

Carl from Chicago said...

Uh... Thomas... we totally disagree.

We are saying that the value of this blog isn't that we are more immediate, but that we know WAY more about the topics at hand than any journalist. We ESPECIALLY know way more about sports than the damn columnists that follow the team.