Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Journalists "finding it easier to write a load of nonsense about something vaguely similar to their dayjobs than to go out and uncovering genuine news stories" shocker! Or, in other words, a study has found that
"blogging has received disproportionate media coverage and the whole idea of citizen journalism is overhyped"
Next month, more shock new findings about the way the media operates: Journalists "less likely to check facts or make much effort near to deadline"; Comment pieces "far easier to write than proper news, and infinitely better paid"; and Newspapers "desperate to fill space with any old pap that might get a few suckers to buy the sodding things and keep their ABC figures high enough to charge advertisers rates that'll allow a profit".

1 Comments:

Anonymous Alan Connor said...

I wonder if the research comprised reading this article?

This bit is the killer:

"It may well be that those who do publish weblogs are more likely to be opinion formers and therefore have a larger influence than their numbers would suggest," he said.

...riiiiiiiight. Suggest to whom? Surely outside of general elections, "opinion-forming" groups tend not to have opinion-forming powers based solely on the size of membership?

I do love qualifiers like that one.

"Everyone's saying blogs are an interesting new phenomenon. We can reveal that not everyone uses them. Having said that, that doesn't stop it being an interesting new phenomenon. As you were."

4/20/2006 10:06:00 am  

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