Role of the blog is a fun little article by the BBC News website. I’ll pull out a few quotes and let you all have a little giggle, shall I?
In their eyes, those bloggers at the US political conventions ceased to be bloggers the moment they accepted their accreditation.
“What began as a spontaneous eruption of populist creativity is on the verge of being absorbed by the media-industrial complex it claims to despise.”
Yes, it’s true I DO despise it, he says, twiddling his waxed moustache Dick Dastardly style.
In any case, as bloggers rarely go out and about, many of those who comment on the world at large get their information from mainstream news sources.
OK I KNOW they are talking about political news blogs but just a paragraph or two before they mention Salam Pax, remember him? That bloke who blogged through the invasion of Iraq? I’m pretty sure he was blogging from first hand experience.
Nonetheless, hacks remain safe in their jobs for the time being. The number of people reading even the most influential online diarists is tiny – the top political blog receives just 0.0051% of all net visits, according to figures from web influence ranking firm HitWise released this year.
I wonder what percentage the BBC News website gets in comparison to, say, playboy.com?
Sorry, I just can’t take this kind of lazy journalism seriously. What say you?