R Bloggerz Stoopit?

The frequency with which journalists poke fun at bloggers is a measure of journalists’ insecurity about their own skills and/or industrial future. Recall Boston Globe columnist Hiawatha Bray, who had the temerity in early 2002 to declare that “blogging is an ephemeral fad, destined to burn itself out in a year or two.” Bray later became a blogger and, in 2004, was shredded by not-yet-extinct bloggers for his perceived abuses of blogging culture.

Read this interesting item here.

Among other things, we find out that one journalist asserts that 94 percent of “political bloggers” had never been out of the country or read anything other than a Harry Potter book. Nice piece of journalism, that. It was a joke, of course, but many bloggers did not get it. Bloggers can be so literal minded.

In truth, according to the Blog Reader Project, the readers of blogs tend to be well traveled and they read a lot of other stuff too. We are still not too sure about the bloggerz themselvzes.


  1. #1 Doug Alder
    December 16, 2008

    Why if truth be told we all seek to be as stupid as Prezznit Bush, or well at least as much as those who took the troll bait 😉

  2. #2 george.w
    December 16, 2008

    Bloggers stoopit? Heavens, I know that I am, at least a good part of the time. It’s the constant struggle not to be that makes blogging interesting and fun.

  3. #3 Philip H.
    December 16, 2008

    hum, I’z stoopidz? Because I writz? In a Blog? LOL!

    Seriously, while I haven’t been to all of the world yet (particularly Asia) I wouldn’t call myself untraveled. And as to reading, I wonder how many of the “journalists” have, as part of their Sunday reading, Spanish copies of El Pais and ABC? Granted they are hard to find, but I manage at least once a month or so. But I’m not well read or anything.

  4. #4 Joel
    December 16, 2008

    One of the signs of intelligence is recognizing your limitations, and not being too offended when someone points them out to you.

  5. #5 Greg Laden
    December 16, 2008

    Joel: Yea, but first it helps to also know when you are getting hit with satire.