Blogs Leading the Way in Pseudo News, Too
Blogs have been the leaders in breaking or at least drawing attention to some major stories. First, it was the Trent Lott affair. Then, the Dan Rather case. Then Eason Jordan. Now, Scared Monkeys has been designated the official source of Natalee Holloway news by the government of Aruba.
Pretty soon, blogs will be nothing but coverage of fires, crime reports, plus sports and weather.
via Kevin Aylward
Update: I should hasten to add that my own post on Natalee Holloway is ranked number three on Google for “Alabama Natalee Holloway.” My point isn’t that such stories are somehow unworthy of the Blogosphere but that, as Arguing with Signposts’ Bryan S. pointed out in our discussion at the Alabama Political Science Convention, blogs are quickly adopting many of the practices of the mainstream media that we are so snarky about. Especially as advertising revenue streams in, there is every incentive to post about sexy subjects that are likely to bring in search engine traffic and only marginal incentive to write complicated, informative stories about subjects of concern to a relatively small audience.