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February 28, 2005
A few reasons why bloggers are frightening
Over at CBS MarketWatch, Jon Friedman admits that bloggers frighten him: "I haven't reached the point where I can completely trust them to be accurate or comprehensive or analytical or, especially, fair. Sometimes, I'm not even sure if they worry about such conventions of journalism." Yes, it's the never-ending question of whether bloggers are indeed journalists, and if they are -- should they matter?
While Friedman admits that some bloggers are increasingly influential, he's quick to dismiss the other 99% of bloggers: "From where I sit, the rants of the vast majority of bloggers have about as much impact on the public's understanding of the daily news as the shrill eccentrics I encounter everyday on the subways in New York City." (Thank you, I'll take that as a compliment.)
Obviously, Friedman has encountered one too many of these journalist-wannabes (or else it's a cry for attention and readers): "Bloggers remind me of people who call into an all-sports talk-radio station and yell out their opinions. They have no new information to present. They aren't witty or clever. They're simply shrill. And that's no longer good enough..."
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