Has Blogger Backlash Begun?
If you thought the recent and ongoing Google backlash was a fun diversion, you'll enjoy what may be coming round the corner: Blogger Backlash! Certain types of bloggers, particularly PR bloggers, wind me right up, the whores of the online publishing world no less, but i do think there's great value in that new fangled medium all the cool kids are.. hey wait, were did all the cool kids go?
Let me pick out the best bits for you.
Blogs are the digital equivalent of the pet rock
Ben Gaucherin, the CTO in question, says blogs “are a fad fueled by pop culture’s desperate search for the next big thing.” When I spoke with Gaucherin he was even more emphatic than he was in his news alert. He told me that blogs are the digital equivalent of the pet rock.
How could discerning viewers not be turned off by blogs when CNN and other news stations try to make themselves seem hip by including opinions from the blogosphere in their news reports -- “Now let’s see what the bloggers have to say about this” -- as if bloggers constituted a separate sphere of intelligence.
Speaking for myself, I don’t want to hear what bloggers have to say about most current events for the same reason I’ve always disliked the person-in-the-street interview. My response is, Who cares? It is not representative and usually sheds no real light on the subject.
More in the original interview between Ephraim Schwartz and Sapient CTO Ben Gaucherin
Know what's driving this backlash? It's people that can't talk about anything other than bloody blogs...