December 19, 2004

NY Times magazine article

If you haven't seen this already, it's a New York Times Magazine article on blogging and bloggers. As usual, it seems to miss the point entirely. If you have a second, read it and let me know what you think.

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I actually just found myself writing:
"Mr. Rosen,
The Washingtonienne had the world’s oldest profession and the world's arguably worst weblog.
The Smitten likes to ice cupcakes, take pictures, and tell you silly stories about her life.

I didn't send it, promise - it was just really fun to write.

Posted at December 19, 2004 01:28 PM

H, I did have a minute, and I'm not sure that I was really able to wrap my mind around that article, you know? It was long and wandering, and clued me in to many more "scandals" than I was aware of. I do think the professor had a good point in indicating that anybody can be blogged about in this day and age. I do agree that blogging detracts from anonymity, but as you said, I do think it misses the point. :)

Posted at December 19, 2004 06:53 PM

Sadly, like "too many blogs" out there, this media outlet has chosen to sensationalize its article by hooking us all with sex. "And the favorite topic of personal bloggers is sex." Somehow this is meant to belittle and relegate personal bloggers to the same station as tabloids in the checkout aisle. Rosen starts to bring up some interesting points about privacy but he then mires them in sensationalism. Maybe the next article on bloggers, privacy and the First Amendment will be more well-thought out.

Posted at December 19, 2004 09:42 PM

Shame it wasn't as interesting as I'd hoped. I don't have a problem with him stating that most personal blogs are about sex . . . I don't happen to think it's true, but I do believe that most personal blogs that other people actually READ are about sex at least to some extent.

Hey, we're all people here. People who like to read about sex.

Posted at December 20, 2004 09:58 AM

I think anything written by the mainstream media about blogs has to be taken with a boulder-sized chunk of salt. Unless the author is truly a part of it, they're never going to get it and they're always going to err on the side of the lowest common denominator. In this case, sex and scandal. I have a feeling the MSM thinks that, eventually, they'll be able to marginalize blogs by sensationalizing the parts the push people's buttons. In this country, it's sex.

Posted at December 20, 2004 01:30 PM