Friday, January 18, 2002

Too Hot or Too Cold?

Via InstaPundit, Tim Cavanagh rants about warblogs.

I'm not sure exactly what my point is -- at one point Cavanagh criticies the bloggers for being an echo-chamber of back-patteing, and elsewhere he criticizes them for being so rough on the leftist pacifist crowd.

So which is it, are bloggers too nice, or too mean? I guess Cavanagh would say that bloggers niceness is reserved for fellow bloggers, but the quotes he uses to make this point include praises of non-bloggers like Mark Steyn. My experience with bloggers is that they will praise what is praiseworthy and ignore or tear apart what is not. It doesn't matter whether it's a blogger or op-ed columnists.

Obviously, an NYT op-ed writer makes for a juicier targer than a blogger like myself, but that's why these writers took these jobs, correct?

I think we're seeing a backlash. People are realizing that there's nothing special about large news organizations that makes them the sole provider of good news commentary, as I note below. The established media are seeing this empire crumble, and are fighting back.

Non media types like Reynolds are expecially good at raising their ire. I predict we'll see a lot more of this anti-blog backlash in the coming weeks and months, much of which will take the tone of "Who is this person who think he's qualified to make news commentary?"

The whole point of the blogger movement is it doesn't matter. If you've got something to say, and you can say it in an intelligent, thoghtful and engaing manner, then you're qualified. Period.
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