Friday, May 06, 2005

Dvorak on Blog Blabbering

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Let's look at what an outspoken critic of the blogosphere, John C. Dvorak...

...who operates a "New Super Blog":
Dvorak Uncensored

...has to say about "blog voice", the ubiquity of blogging, and the bloating of the bloatosphere.

John C. Dvorak
November 02, 2004
PC Magazine
"The Zeroes vs. the Ones"


Rather than benefit from intelligent debate, the public is subjected to a lot of bickering fanned by the Internet.

I used to think that everyone was entitled to his opinion, but no longer. Most opinions are worthless. As a culture, we are trained never to believe or say that opinions are worthless. For some reason, opinions are supposed to be revered because, uh, well, it's free speech! (No letters, please.)

I'm not suggesting that because most opinions stink they should be censored in order for us all to think a certain way.

Rather, thanks to the Internet, we are confronted with too many opinions from too many people—a large number of whom are seriously disturbed or feebleminded.

Before the Internet, these opinions would have been handed out in leaflet form to just a few people unlucky enough to bump into their purveyors. But now they're on the Net, accompanied by miles of commentary written by people who are frustrated pamphleteers themselves.

Almost everyone on the Net is anonymous. When you see someone on the street handing out a flyer, it is usually not hard to determine whether he or she is a lunatic.

Not so with the haughty blogger who, by hiding behind a good online template, is actually taken seriously. A blogger who stays hidden long enough may even become famous. I know, not every blogger is a whack job—-but that's the point. How can you tell?

Saying from behind a false identity what one otherwise wouldn't dare say is a practice that began long ago, and blogging has just made it worse.

I first noticed it with alter egos cropping up in e-mail, newsgroups, and especially online chat rooms, where true dweebs are suddenly transformed into Don Juans. The persona thing sometimes goes into new dimensions as boys are turned into men, men pretend to be women, and women turn into sex fiends. Just keep the lights turned off.

Blogs are now the easiest way to remake oneself, as the tools for their creation are fantastic and easy to use. They have emboldened a lot of otherwise shy people.

This is the New Media at work, creating false personas that are pumped up by other phonies. Under the right circumstances, virtual lynch mobs emerge like swarms of locusts—individual bugs may be easy to squish, but a swarm is dangerous.

I think these online mobs, where one or two troublemakers rile up the frustrated, are just as dangerous.

[END QUOTE by Dvorak]

[STREIGHT: This is why I strive for strict and self-enforced adherence to the nine (9) core values of blogging. Faithful submission to the optimum standards of blog excellance will help prevent so much garblage (garbage blog) accumulation.

While I applaud the senseless masses for making their voice, as uninteresting or fanatical as it may be, heard in the blogosphere...

...I don't cheer on the proliferation of mundane narcisisstic drivel about boring trivia of a lack lustre person's pathetic existence with no ambition and no vision.

So I will defend to the death the boring person's right to express himself, but will also assert my right to not have to read his blog.

As far as the political stuff goes, politics? What's that? I circulate in celestial spheres and know not of what you speak. This world contains no kingdom I recognize or support.]

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johncdvorak said...

That article was very controversial..thanks for reminding people that it exists..

steven edward streight said...

Smart people want to have their precious little theories challenged.

Scientists want to test the hypothesis to see if it can endure experimentation.

Debaters love to go up against a worthy and full-witted opponent.

So...why do the pampered drivel bloggers and political frenzy bloggers get uptight with anyone who questions the decreasing overall value of the blogosphere?

As more idiotic blogs cause the blogosphere to become heavy with bloated nonsense, it soons turn into a search for a needle in a haystack to find a blog worth reading.

Thank you, John, for having the audacity to write such an article, and for PC Magazine!

PC bloggers were probably not too thrilled with your skeptical wisdom.