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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Death by Blogging

The NYT and most journalists can't figure out what's hit them, so now they're coming up with any which way to discredit the competition.

Allison just sent me this:
In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop
Of course, the bloggers can work elsewhere, and they profess a love of the nonstop action and perhaps the chance to create a global media outlet without a major up-front investment. At the same time, some are starting to wonder if something has gone very wrong. In the last few months, two among their ranks have died suddenly.

Two weeks ago in North Lauderdale, Fla., funeral services were held for Russell Shaw, a prolific blogger on technology subjects who died at 60 of a heart attack. In December, another tech blogger, Marc Orchant, died at 50 of a massive coronary. A third, Om Malik, 41, survived a heart attack in December.
Diet, smoking habits, lifestyle, genetic predisposition? Heck, no! Blogging kills, says the Times.
Other bloggers complain of weight loss or gain, sleep disorders, exhaustion and other maladies born of the nonstop strain of producing for a news and information cycle that is as always-on as the Internet.
Where does the NYT find this people?

Robert's clamoring, BLOGGERS of the WORLD UNITE! You have nothing to lose . . . but your pajamas!

Well, indeed: Last year some idiots were asking for a bloggers' union. We had a good laugh over that during that day's podcast.

Meanwhile, last night some of the fatally opressed were eating and drinking like there is no tomorrow before going back to the blogging salt mines:

Welcome, Instapundit readers. You'll enjoy reading about how the slaves bloggers spent their furlough here in Princeton last night. Nonstop strain, Indeed!

Whew! What a night!

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At 3:38 PM, Blogger Obi's Sister said...

Sniff! Sniff! I wish I could have been there! Maybe next year.

The recital was a grand success. Everyone survived!

At 4:09 PM, Blogger joated said...

As I just got done saying here: http://pointsofcompass.blogspot.com/2008/04/whew-what-night.html
I wonder if the NY Times is pushing this story in an attempt to discourage folks from blogging. They and other MSM outlets have been stung repeatedly by bloggers who have caught them embellishing the truth, shall we say. (Or maybe “misspeaking” would be a more appropriate phrase to use here.) As a result, their market share, not to mention the price of their shares on the market, have eroded considerably. Whatever their purpose, I can truthfully say that no one in attendance last evening seemed to be suffering any ill effects from the grind of posting news, commentary and entertainment daily.

BTW Thanks again for putting together a very nice evening.

At 7:18 PM, Blogger Fausta said...

I can truthfully say that no one in attendance last evening seemed to be suffering any ill effects from the grind of posting news, commentary and entertainment daily.
Indeed, we all looked happy, successful, prosperous, and healthy.

And thank you, Joated for coming!

At 10:26 PM, Blogger Greta Perry said...

I demand a raise and hey - why not a union and benefits!

At 6:47 AM, Blogger Fausta said...

And four weeks paid vacation, Greta?


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