Fish In A Barrel: Bullard Vs. The Blogosphere
It’s too easy for newspaper columnist David Bullard to say – in far too many words – bloggers suck. It’s also too easy for me to get annoyed and write a post in response, but I’ll bite.
My first point regarding his column is many bloggers have no aspirations to be “journalists” – myself included. He ought to check out the various threads regarding Why Do I Blog meme. I’m sure he’d find (as I have) that most people aren’t blogging to put The Sunday Times out of business. I don’t even read The Sunday Times.
I blog as a hobby to fill in the gaps. What’s it to him? Falling back on my old analogy, does the GAP worry about some grandma knitting socks stealing all their customers? Please. Knit a better sock. You have all the talent, money, and resources behind you.
If blogging is such a wasteland of ignorance and stupidity, I’d like to see Mr. Bullard start up a blog in his free time. Go toe to toe with the spam, rude comments, ridiculous trackbacks, and hordes of rude diggers. Hold yourself to a higher standard than all the “nerd(s) pumping meaningless drivel into cyberspace” and show us “wackos” how it’s done. With all his talent, certainly he’d have a guaranteed readership right out of the gate. I look forward to subscribing to your blog’s feed, because I sure don’t read newspapers.
Taking on the amateurs could be a brilliant move for a professional. It worked for Will Ferrel. It works for Robert X. Cringely. It works for all these blogging journalists. Why not look at the blogosphere filled with air guitarists as a market waiting to be dominated rather than something that’s beneath you.
Or is this a case where Bob Dylan doesn’t go on American Idol because he knows, deep down inside, he’d be voted off in the first round – because the mainstream audience values a different kind of – “talent”?
Yeah, that may be a shame, but no amount of fist-waving and insult hurling will change the basic fact: majority rules and the arrows are clearly pointing away from print media’s general direction.
Additional Reading: Vinny Lingham’s Blog, Online Media Cultist, Vincent Maher – Media In Transition, Bloggers Blog