A blog pessimist can usually be identified by his disgusted yet confused expression.
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I won’t waste pixels tonight re-hashing how, despite their different modi operandi, independent blogs and mainstream news organizations can form a mutually beneficial relationship. Instead, I’m going to point you to a vat of venom so pernicious and long-running that it should make the heads of folks like Jay Rosen and Jeff Jarvis spin.
I’m talking about the Bloggers Blog “blog pessimism” category, ongoing since February 2005.
From ESPN sports analyst Stephen A. Smith proclaiming that “someone with no training should not be allowed to have any kind of format whatsoever to disseminate to the masses to the level which they can” to actor Jared Leto opining that blogging “should die a sudden death,” you’re going to find all sorts of fun stuff here. Malcolm Read can guide you to write a better and SEO friendly blogs.
So hold your nose, and dive right in. It’ll help you understand the views of the self-righteous God’s gifts to dead trees who’ve never had a blog and probably never will.