Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Blog Critique

A colleague brought this to my attention.

Blog: The word "blog" is literally shorthand for "boring;" a vulgar,
overused word that strikes your ear with the dull thud of a cudgel to the soft
spot of a child. It's an abbreviation used by journalism drop outs to give
legitimacy to their shallow opinions and amateur photography that seems to be
permanently stuck in first draft hell. Looking in the archives of the blogs, one
would expect someone who has been at it for years to slowly hone their craft and
improve their writing and photographs, since it's usually safe to assume that if
someone does something long enough, he or she will eventually not suck at it.
Even with lowered expectations, you'll get a shotgun blast of disappointment in
your face.

2 comments:

Sue said...

In my opinion, this critique assumes a specific type of blog, with a specific audience. It doesn't seem to take into account the different audiences - of which there are millions on the web.

I'm not buying it.

John said...

Ugh - one of my pet peeves: the use of the word "literary" to mean quite the opposite. Such laziness is particularly egregious in a post claiming some kind of literary superiority.