March 01, 2005
he got spanked
I've been predicting for a couple of years now that Mainstream Media better wake up and smell the coffee when it comes to blogs. My site is just a rant-platform where I can strut and fret. I don't claim to be doing anything earth-shaking, nor do I want to. But a lot of other blogs pay close attention to what's being reported as "news" and they'll be on it like a dog on a bone when something doesn't pass the smell test.
You wanna enrage a bunch of bloggers in America and unleash storm clouds over the blogosphere? Then do what I did the other day on my radio show and proclaim that bloggers are "geeky losers in their basements cranking out crap on their computers."
That remark bit you right square in the ass, didn't it, Mike? I still agree with the Den Beste Theory that 90% of blogs are pure crap, but you'd better watch out for that other 10%. And you old media types had better learn fast that blogging is not just the latest video game that people are playing today, and it's gonna go away before long. It is a FORCE on the internet and it's getting bigger every day.
My colleague Hugh Hewitt has been described as one of the nation's foremost authorities on the blogosphere. In fact, I interviewed him on my show about his book, "Blog -- Understanding the Information Reformation That's Changing Our World." I wish Hugh, or someone else, would write a book that teaches people how to discern between truth and fiction on the internet. We all know that when people see something in print, they are inclined to believe it. When a screwball writes terrible and untruthful things about someone, where's the instruction manual for the reader to refer to that helps them know the difference between truth and fiction?
The bold type is my emphasis, but I have to ask Mike this question: Who issued that manual when Mainstream Media was writing and reporting "terrible and untruthful things?" BLOGGERS DID IT!!! Bloggers starting fact-checking people's asses and finding them sorely wanting in the truth department. They wrote about what they discovered, other bloggers read what they wrote, and all of a sudden, you had your mob of "geeky losers" showing that the Emperor has no clothes.
I don't see a damn thing wrong with that. In fact, it's something that our society requires very badly today. The Emperor needs to cover his nekkid ass. It's no longer good enough to proclaim that the new clothes are exquisite and expect people to believe that press release and shut up. Bloggers don't, and they won't.
Give blogging another five years. It's going to have a HUGE impact on how people get their news and what they decide to believe.
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