Forbes – Dazed and Confused

Posted on 30. Oct, 2005 by in Site News

Solo Tees Blogging T-ShirtI usually don’t post on things like this, but since this is a blog, and my material comes from Forbes.com I feel that it appeals to everyone interested in the internet. My problem is that I’m not quite sure what to think of a recent article written by Daniel Lyons at Forbes.com entitled “Attack of the Blogs.” My first reaction was that Lyons was obviously personally upset at something some blogger had posted about him. However, after reading the article a few more times I have come to the conclusion that Lyons is simply uneducated and uninformed. The fact that you’re even reading this right now means that you know what a blog is, but just to humor me a blog can be defined as:

Blog is short for weblog. A weblog is a journal (or newsletter) that is frequently updated and intended for general public consumption. Blogs generally represent the personality of the author or the Web site.

That said, Lyons starts an all-out attack on Blogs referring to Bloggers as “more of a threat than people realize, and they are only going to get more toxic.” A threat? Maybe a personal threat on his own reputation, but a threat to society that is only going to get more toxic? You have to be kidding me here… and this coming from a financial publication that I used to read and respect. I’m sure that you, just like me and every other American, are thinking that Blogging is a form of expression – one of those things protected and encouraged under the 1st Amendment. Well, Lyons addresses this argument in his article stating:

And though they have First Amendment protection and posture as patriotic muckrakers in the solemn pursuit of truth, the blog mob isn’t democratic at all.

I didn’t realize speech protected by the First Amendment needed to be passed through some democratic process before being released to the public. Perhaps I misunderstand the whole “free speech” issue but I thought that we were free to express our thoughts no matter if people agree with us or not. If you don’t like what I have to say on this Blog, you have the freedom to leave and never come back. If I say that Quickbooks is a waste of money (which I’m not) and you believe me without looking into the decision to purchase any further, than that is your fault. But because people band together to express their feelings about a company does not mean that Blogging is evil and toxic and going to be the downfall to our civilization. Blogging can spread rumors and lies much faster than print, but I’m sure that you take the same approach I do: don’t believe everything you read. I’ve read many stories at walmartsucks.com but I still shop there. Just because a whole “mob” of people have had a poor experience does not mean that the medium through which they communicate those experiences is toxic.

The solution to the problem that Lyons seems to think is so toxic is education, not the extermination of the evil race known as Bloggers. I think educating the public about what Blogging is would help Lyons feel better about himself and hopefully curb his hate against whomever called his column idiotic and one-sided. By helping the public realize that blogging is just like every other form of speech, open to interpretation, will help them realize that what a Blogger says is not necessarily true. At the same time, however, just because I say Apple is going to go bankrupt next year does not mean that I am some evil force that needs to be stopped before, heaven forbid, people start listening to me.

One Response to “Forbes – Dazed and Confused”

  1. Chelsea fc

    31. Oct, 2005

    I hope I never get fired for it! Since it’s my job!!

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