Tyler's got a great post up detailing his thoughts on the issue of media vs blog quality/accountability.
I also heard the Stauffer show the other day where they were discussing "bloggers" in a mostly negative light. Here's my beef:
How hard is it, really, to determine the difference between say a mc79 or Lowetide or Battle of Alberta, to that of the send-ups like Covered in Oiland Hot-Oil? Here at the OILBLOBOSPHERE! we rarely repeat any trade rumours, don't try to pass ourselves off as experts, and basically are just doing this the fun of it. At no point in time to do we even pretend to have any (journalistic or otherwise) integrity whatsoever. But for longevity of memory concerning issues like the proposed new Hockey Arena? Andy Grabia's your man. With over a million hits already, BOA is quickly becoming an influential voice concerning the EIG and the Edmonton Oilers.
Personally, I like the content on the great sites I mentioned above. I dig the analysis, thoughts and stats of IOF, and you'd be dumb not to get a kick out of BDHS. I could go on and mention the character and quality of a number of other Oiler sites, but I'm already belaboring the point.
What gets me is that while with one hand they disparage the "bloggers" (whom they don't seem able to distinguish from the rabid masses of HFBoard posters who invariably drown out any attempt at informed discussion - from the thoughtful essays of Lowetide) with the other they steal content. There's more than a few times I hear or read from the media the very same ideas that were first developed and presented by someone writing about it online. Always a few days later, of course...
OILBLOBOSPHERE! is a joke. We're mainly positive and silly and that about sums it up. We want nothing other than to entertain ourselves and if other people like it, that's cool, too. I don't think there's anyone who would ever make the mistake of taking us seriously.
Are we "bloggers"? No. That word is just plain stupid. We're just guys who work and goof around and post stuff when we have some time.
For Stauffer, et al to talk about us like we're idiot children who want to post every rumour they throw out as though it were fact is disingenuous at best and horribly uninformed and media stupid at worst.
Get it together guys. You actually get paid to do what you do.
A long time listener, first time ranter
ps. Are you worried that one day a light will come on in some of these guys' heads and they'll form a better one-stop outlet than you can provide? With Dairy Queen as a sponsor? And consistent podcasts? And a radio deal?
pps. It'll never happen, so just relax already.
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