Some Things Stay the Same

While I've been away from the water cooler, the blogosphere has churned away without me. In reading various blogs, one of the ironic comments I keep coming back to is Nigel Swaby's claim that "No wonder bloggers never get taken seriously."

For someone who has repeatedly shelled out cold hard cash for paid press releases of his own myriad blogs, I find this statement highly amusing on its surface.

But in the nanosecond that follows, I can't help but think about how this is just yet another completely asinine extrapolation from the king of bullshit.

Note to Nigel Swaby, blogger extraordinnaire: Rule number one of blogging is that if you don't have anything to say, don't. If this is your ultimate wisdom on the blog format, why spend such a great deal of time registering dozens of free Blogger blogs?

(On that note, rule number two of blogging is that it's stupidly unprofessional to run a lead-generating enterprise from a freebie wysiwyg blog. But I digress...)

Obviously Nigel Swaby is so out of touch with media, technology, and well, reality, that it has escaped him that bloggers comprise a significant portion of information streams.

Once again, let's have the smart kids go ahead and do all the heavy lifting. Here is a condensed list of blogs and bloggers that are regularly quoted, sourced, and in fact scoop mainstream media:

Left-wing politics, Daily Kos

Right-wing politics, Michelle Malkin

Libertarian politics, Reason

Celebrity nonsense, TMZ

Beltway nonsense, Wonkette

Marketing, Strumpette

Environment, Treehugger

Auto industry, GM Fastlane

(ahem) Real estate, Inman

Of course, this doesn't even begin to touch on the increasing number of traditional journalists who maintain blogs in order to stay relevant in a continually shifting information marketplace.

In fact, the topic of John Edwards' campaign blogger has garnered dozens of traditional media stories in and of itself.

John Schwartz of the New York Times admitted that traditional journos were outmatched by the blogosphere in their coverage of the 2004 tsunami, saying “For vivid reporting from the enormous zone of tsunami disaster, it was hard to beat the blogs.”

J-schools have echoed the same sentiment for years. "The question now isn’t whether blogs can be journalism. They can be, sometimes. It isn’t whether bloggers “are” journalists. They apparently are, sometimes. We have to ask different questions now because events have moved the story forward. By “events” I mean things on the surface we can see...and things underneath that we have yet to discern."

Meanwhile, Nigel Swaby says, "In real journalism, a juicy tidbit like this would be thoroughly vetted before ever having a bit of ink splashed on it."

Unfortunately, Nigel, a couple of glaring exceptions immediately come springing to mind. Remember a little thing called the 2000 Election? Or a high-profile journalist by the name of Jayson Blair?

I could go on, but really, why bother? Clearly, this is just yet another example of Nigel Swaby just not getting it. Even more, I don't think he could find "it" with both hands.

With that in mind, I'll leave it at this... unless you're a blogger trying to corner the market on "smug, half-baked kook," shop those thoughts around the wide world of webs in search of information that may confirm or deny your knee-jerk lunacy.

And if you can't do that, keep your hands off the keyboard.


Anonymous said...

he's trying to work through his feelings toward rob dawg.

Sprezzatura said...

And don't forget that in the tech world, blogs are so much a part of the news cycle that practically every company has one, and sites like TechCrunch regularly scoop the MSM.

Back in the political realm, blogger John Aravosis of AmericaBLOG has also broken a couple of stories, including that of the man-whore / White House reporter Jeff Gannon.

Aspeth said...

anon...yeah, I realize that, which is why the statement should be "Nigel Swaby will never be taken seriously."

Sprezzie...good point. I only scratched the surface of "relevant" blogs out there. I open the floor to additions....

Anonymous said...

I don't think Nigel should be acting like the authority on anything. He obviously is totally biased particluarly if he thinks he can make some money.
Then again this is the kid that was always picked last in dodgeball. No wonder he has an inferiority complex. I also beleive that if someone could get a hold of HIS visits to websites, besides the bookmarked sexual identity places bookmarked under the folder "Coming Out", most of it would probably look the same as Casey's.

Anonymous said...

I've pointed it out elsewhere but Nigel has recently post an article titled " The Fecal Finger of Casey Serin Strikes Again"

That's Fecal as in "pertaining to feces"

Too much information, maybe?
Where's Freud when you need him?

Gypsy Pete said...

Enough of swab and co.

Schnapps said...

I think when it comes to Nigel, there's something we need to realize: Nigel does as Nigel does, and what Nigel does is what Nigel pleases.

His comments are so asinine at the best of times.

He deplores bloggers, yet has an "award winning blog" that he touts and wants people to take seriously.

Um. Pot, meet kettle.

Aspeth said...

I think Schnapps nailed it.

And in honor of PMSPMS picking up the awesome picture slack, let's change course.

flailing forward said...

The point Nigel is making is not whether or not bloggers can be journalists, the point is that Nigel plays golf at Thanksgiving Point Golf Course.

Do any of YOU play golf at Thanksgiving Point Golf Course? Didn't think so. Nigel got the golf cred, ya'll.

Aspeth said...

Oh yeah, and as a funny aside, as the fun new widget on the side shows, the famed Brad Inman reads me.