Posted March 8, 2006 9:10 am by with 2 comments

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Apparently you have to be “logged in” in order to share your views with Dan Gillmor. Sorry, while I accept that’s your policy, I don’t have time.

Instead, here is what I wanted to say about Dan’s commentary on the NYT article.

Most bloggers do not consider themselves to be journalists. I for one, consider myself as a commentator on a particular industry, not a journalist. If Wal-Mart or any other company wants to treat me like a journalist, I’m fine with that. Just don’t expect me to be predictable. Sometimes, it’s just easier to cut and paste what I have been sent, especially if it’s close to what I would have written anyway.

It’s time to realize that blogging can only continue to grow, if we accept that there are no rules to the game. The moment you take away the casual conversation style of a blogger, we become nothing more than mainstream media.

  • Andy, it’s not about whether you’re a journalist or not. It’s about whether you pass off other people’s words as your own. I hope you don’t do that, no matter what you call yourself.

    Sorry about the hassle you had trying to post a comment. I wish we didn’t have to ask people to register in order to comment, but (among other reasons) the comment spammers are making this too difficult, unfortunately.

  • Welcome Dan, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    I certainly don’t see any problem lifting a line here and there from a press release or media advisory. MSM do this all the time. Anything more than that, I identify and credit the source.

    I still dont see the big stink here. If I were buying a newspaper, I would expect the content to be original (I paid money for it). If I’m reading a blog, I should accept that there is no standard, ethics or guidelines that bloggers have to abide by.

    Just because I don’t indulge in the practice, doesn’t mean I believe others should start policing it. What’s next? Holding bloggers to AP style? 😉