pajama-clad windbags

it’s hard to pick up a major newspaper these days without finding at least one article about blogging or bloggers or these mysterious things called ‘weblogs.’ it’s getting irritating, but i guess i’m gonna have to get used to it.

whether or not blogging is another burst of Internet–fueled irrational exuberance remains to be seen. personally, i doubt it. i do think blogging is getting a bit overexposed, though. and so do others.

i was reading the paper recently (which one, i don’t recall), and there was an article about news and blogging, specifically about how some bloggers were making waves by breaking news items that other "respectable and trusted" news sources were not. at some point in the aforementioned article, one of the interviewees called bloggers a bunch of pajama–clad windbags (or the pejorative equivalent).

hmmm….pajama–clad windbag.

it’s true that a lot of bloggers are clad in sleepwear while writing (case in point: i’m writing in my plaid flannel jammies at the moment). it’s also true that a number of bloggers are windbags (not unlike a few journalists out there). however, the combination of the two terms is an unfair distortion; it dimishes the possibility that anything reaching the heights of journalistic integrity can come from the world of blogging.

this is clearly nonsense. after all, it doesn’t really matter what you’re wearing — anyone can be a windbag. in fact, it might be argued that some people consider expensive attire to be a license to spew hot, pompous gas. there’s no correlation between clothing and content — just because someone can write while wearing pajamas doesn’t necessarily diminish the quality of their writing, their integrity, or their thoroughness.
in my mind, it just demonstrates how little the people reporting about blogs actually have anything intelligent to say about them.

if people want to attack the substance of what people write, fine. that’s the way it should be: criticize ideas, not people. or perhaps i should say, "criticize ideas, not distribution mediums."

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  1. Chooky

    One problem with blogs, blogging, etc. is the definition itself. It’s so general. Is Drudge a blog or a niche ‘newspaper’. If it has syndication or syndication possibilities is it a blog? Is the NY Times a blog because it has feeds? It’s like lumping the National Enquiror with the Wall Street Journal. It makes no sense. Generalizations don’t work (including lumping ‘old media’ together)
    On a side note I think the concept of blogs is overblown in the media but the changes it is creating are not. A book I’m reading is talking about Vienna (circa 1920), post WWI and how the city was bristling with philosophers and mathematicians, scientists, poets, etc. who operated in these ‘Circles’. They would meet once a week and discuss stuff. It created a renaissance of ideas as people cross fertilized each other with new concepts. Godel, the topic of the book, was able to jump from thinking about pure mathematics to logic (which didn’t really exist then) because of this. I think blogging has that capability on a global scale. High density information (good and bad) from all over the world from many types of people can be funnelled into your living room. It’s an amazing concept.


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