June 9, 2009

Local bloggers are over, says local blogger

Anybody ever heard of this character?

I'm not convinced Kane read the NYT item that inspired his own very closely. It's about people who gave up their blogs after realizing they would not find the fame and fortune they expected. It's also about people who wrote mostly about their personal lives, as opposed to providing, for example, some unique perspective on politics.

It hardly comes as a surprise that the novelty wore off of the former, but the latter are thriving, as far as I can tell.

For example, who covers the State courts better, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, or Terrence Berres. There's no contest.

And does the J-S even have a political columnist? No, but it's got one guy who hyperlinks to the NRO and a handful of local nut-right blogs.

Or perhaps Mr. Kane is unaware of this, which isn't exactly wanting for content on any given day (although the quality varies widely).

4 comments:

Terrence Berres said...

I've wondered why the legacy media didn't try to cultivate bloggers as, in effect, unpaid stringers.

gnarlytrombone said...

I think the takeaway is, "Why are professional journalists wasting their time seeking answers to transcendentally stupid questions like, 'So why do blogs have a higher failure rate than restaurants?'"

A better question might be, "Why are multi-million-dollar professional news gathering organizations being completely outpaced by random Internet nerds?"

Methinks the answers to both are closely related.

illusory tenant said...

The hookers know where the business is: Coast Guard Island.

gnarlytrombone said...

Heh heh. My first thought was that it's a fine line between "OMG, they're selling smack down the street! and "OMG, they're selling smack down the street!"