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A New York Times reporter disses bloggers. A blogger responds:

[I]f you think you don’t need to answer to bloggers, some of whom have spent years doing field research or working in Central Asia and now blog as a hobby, the invisible hand of the market is going to find you out. And before you know it, you’ll have taken a buy-out from the New York Times and be teaching creative writing in Maryland.

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  1. david foster Says:

    “Bloggers should do their own reporting instead of sitting around in their pajamas”…I wonder how much old-media reporting is driven by press releases?…bet that if I were running PR for a mining company and put out some press releases about a new mineral find in Afghanistan, I’d get a lot of “ink”, as they used to say in the trade, without too many of the writers buying a ticket to the Af to see for themselves.

    Also, the average old-media journalist is simply incapable of understanding technical matters of any complexity (and by “technical” here, I don’t necessarily mean computer-related), and unwilling to learn even about simple matters…for example, I’ve read dozens of stories by journalists who do not grasp the distinction between “kilowatts” and “kilowatt-hours”, which is well-understood by electricians with high school degrees.

    These people are in the position of priests disintermediated by the invention of the printing press, and will likely attempt to respond with their own version of the Inquisition.

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