Simon Owens has written a piece for PBS on the maddening blogospheric practice of poll crashing. It is a nice piece. He interviews a number of influential bloggers such as yours truly and some guy named Myers.

I love the fact that most of the typo’s in Owens’ story occur in the part about me. Very funny, Simon! Fixed… By the way, I know Simon’s work, and he does not make typos. Must have been the typesetters.

The Story is Here. No Kidding!


  1. #1 Blake Stacey
    November 6, 2008

    Link’s broken. I think it’s PBS’s problem.

  2. #2 greg laden
    November 6, 2008

    Yes, I just got word from PBS HQ … they’re working on it and will send me a working link soon (or make this one work, or whatever)

  3. #3 Simon Owens
    November 6, 2008

    Ok, the links seems to be working now, not sure what happened:


  4. #4 Monado
    November 6, 2008

    Hmm, you had the wrong title for the link at first but, when I did a search for the key phrase, I got a software error.

  5. #5 greg laden
    November 6, 2008

    No, I had it right. I very very rarely make mistakes. The link changed.

    What really happened is that the editors were messing around with the link, and Simon diligently sent me what he thought was the link … and was in fact the link at the time, which I used. Then I got an email right away from Simon saying that the link was gone and another link would be posted momentarily.

    (Hmph… me? make a mistka? hmpph)

  6. #6 DrA
    November 7, 2008

    I always thought poll crashing was just fun, and a constant reminder to polsters that they aren’t scientific and don’t really mean anything. Unfortunately, no one seems to be learning.