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.