After reading Jack Kapica's piece on blogging
in today's Globe and Mail, I am revelling in my vast, far-reaching influence as a blogger. Of course, the power sure doesn't come with many perqs. Maybe I'm feeling more like the Genie in Aladdin: "Phenomenal, cosmic, powers! Ittie-bittie, living space." But I digress.
The problem with Jack's article...how can I put this delicately...is that Jack doesn't know what the hell he's talking about.
"...what is evident is that bloggers are really fulfilling a reporting function. They are like emissaries of their communities, whose views they represent at a major political event, and who make sure that the folks back home get the kind of information that matters to them."
Oh, that's right. I read Lileks
for the local angle. Damian Penny
only appeals to the "folks back home" in Cornerbrook. Bob at Let It Bleed
, Anthony at The Meatriarchy
, Nicholas at Ghost of a Flea
- these guys are just small-town correspondents.
Or perhaps - and stay with me here, because this idea is WAY OUT THERE - the blogging paradigm is so vastly removed from Jack's myopic journalistic worldview that he may as well be smoking crack for all his views are worth on the topic. Perhaps.
I couldn't give a rat's hindquarters where the people who post at The Shotgun
are from. I read them because they make sense. I read them because they say what I'm thinking before I clean up my language. I read them because they skip right by "well, that's certainly an interesting opinion" and go right to "you are obviously depriving a village somewhere of a perfectly serviceable idiot." I read them because you can't find this stuff in the mainstream press.
Local? The internet? Are the Globe editors so technologically Amish that nobody in a story meeting would be able to call 'bullshit' when they read this?
Yet another strike against a newspaper that's already behind in the count.
Oh, and what's the deal with whaling away on Conrad Black? I'm sure the guy doesn't even know what a blog is. Yet somehow Count Crossharbour gets pummelled from the first paragraph to the last. I'm guessing this is just Globe editorial policy now: "Today, the Canadian government signed a far-reaching trade treaty with the European Union. And in related news, official sources say that Conrad Black is a complete asshole, and we all hate him very much."