Is the blogosphere a luxury?
by utbrian, Mon May 07, 2007 at 09:22:21 AM EDT
Cross-posted from Calitics
During the convention, I spoke (not so well) about the impact of community blogs. It was a rocking good time, except for the fact that I felt a bit on the unprepared side. Sorry folks! Well, anyway, there was also a reporter in that room, one Jennifer Hunter from the Chicago Sun-Times. She does a lot of coverage for the local Senator...uh...Barack Obama. Well, on May 4, she let out a cry for the old media. Not from a position of knowledge or experience, rather it was another example of media defensiveness.
When I walked into the California State Democratic Convention last Saturday in San Diego and saw all the bloggers, I realized that not only was I a Luddite, hauling around my ailing microcassette tape recorder, but that this trend of political blogging is growing like a kudzu vine, snaking around a dozen newspaper boxes ... overnight. (Chicago Sun-Times 5/4/07)
You see apparently, Ms. Hunter never covered the tech beat, either in Chicago, or for her previous Canadian gigs. You see, had she covered, well anything remotely related to tech, I'm guessing she would have heard the phrase "early adopters." Well, she hasn't, because throughout the whole article she cites blogs as the domain of "early adaptors."
But putting that aside, her closing is a doozy.
In the end, who has time to blog? After reading four newspapers each day and my e-mails and doing my work, I've had it. Blogging remains a luxury for the young -- or the bored.
I guess I should apologize for wasting your time. I mean I shouldn't have spent all that time explaining the blogosphere to Ms. Hunter, given that it's such a waste of time. But I'm no therapist, and I don't know where she was coming from. Perhaps she was intimidated by the fact that Calitics had the best coverage of the CDP Convention. Or perhaps she doesn't understand the symbiotic nature of blogosphere and the MSM. Or, well, whatever, but somebody is a bit nervous.
But, Ms. Hunter, thanks for the shout out to Calitics. Any attention, misguided or not, is a boost to the blogosphere. Thanks for the help.