A piece at BlogHer yesterday got a fair amount of attention for criticizing Martha Stewart for dissing bloggers. But I’m kinda with Martha on this one, ladies.
The offending quote:
“Who are these bloggers? They’re not trained editors at Vogue magazine. I mean there are bloggers writing recipes that aren’t tested, that aren’t necessarily very good, or are copies of everything that really good editors have created and done. So bloggers create a kind of popularity, but they are not the experts. And we have to understand that.”
It’s just a testament to the fact that the Internet makes “journalism” a challenge. Reminder: everyone with an IP address isn’t a journalist. Most bloggers don’t CLAIM to be journalists, or subject matter experts, or anything other than folks with an IP address and an opinion.
But that’s really the point – the Internet facilitates this big popularity contest and, at the end of the day, some of the best writers and people I know decide to focus on real life and leave the Mean Girls to their self-proclaimed Queen-of-the-Interwebs-for-a-Day tallying system.
Don’t get me wrong – the Internet brings more good than it does evil and is just like any other inanimate tool. It is what you make it.
It’s also a reminder that some bloggers, whether they average 1 dozen unique views a day or a gazillion unique views a day, are self-centered jerks, just as some people are self-centered jerks, but the jerk people tend to impact only those in their direct path whereas the jerk bloggers troll the Internet looking for a fight (if the fight can be tucked into a neat blog post titled “Why I’m Awesome And You Are Not Awesome” or some such silliness).
So blogger lady friends?