Make no mistake. This is drivel. John Leo’s column in this week’s issue of US News & World Report is devoted to the wonder of blogging and he mentions the phenomenon of the established media (newspapers, most specifically) getting scooped by bloggers. Um, John, you aren’t being scooped. That is, unless you consider unresearched and largely unsupported opinion worthy competition. Well, gee, actually since we are talking about US News, I suppose he’s got a point afterall. Anyway, my point is that this whole trend of blogging really isn’t a journalistic revolution. Journalists, at least in theory, research their stories, check their facts, corroborate claims made by their sources, and do all sorts of tedious stuff to make sure that when they write about a subject they’re not just spewing opinion. Bloggers just rant.
Nothing wrong with that. Ranting is good for the digestion. Goodness knows I found great relief of intestinal distress in the couple of years I kept up my original Weak In Rock web columns. But you know, caveat emptor and all that. You folks need to remember that this ain’t the troof just because someone put in the effort to klicky clack it into a keyboard.
So, here I be. Back in bidness.
Well, unfortunately, that’s about the sum of my thoughts at the moment. I could go on a bit about how absolutely distressing I find the current state of the Oakland A’s (losing three in a row to Boston????…. at home, no less???) but then you’d all be scratching your noggins wondering what the devil that has to do with R – O – C – K. I’ll save that for another day.