Friday, February 25, 2005
Me "Blog People". Ugh.
Michael Gorman, the president-elect of the American Library Association, thinks poorly of bloggers. A column by him in Library Journal refers to bloggers as "Blog People", a "subclass who are interested in computers and the glorification of information". He also categorizes bloggers as "unpublishable, untrammeled by editors or the rules of grammar". Gorman's screed against bloggers apears to be motivated by responses he got after writing an article critical of Google. Gorman's incredibly down on Google, and his current column comes across as snide and snotty. I would hate to have seen the first column. I think Gorman's a fine example of how major portions of society today completely misunderstand the blogosphere. The Mainstream Media (MSM) ignores bloggers as "pajama clad" mujahadeen, and this fellow "doubt[s] that many of the Blog People are in the habit of sustained reading of complex texts." Both ignore the fact that the blogosphere is full of a whole lot of smart folks who happen to have a vast amount of collective expertise on just about any topic you can think of. Some of them have might even have read a complex book or two. Ugh. (Via Slashdot)