Saturday, October 29, 2005

Forbes stupidly attacks blogosphere

Forbes stupidly attacks blogosphere

[NOTE: This is an exact replica of a post I just published at Vaspers the Grate today. Reprinted here due to the enormity of its importance.]

Friends, I have to go attend a family emergency right now.

But I just got an alert from Google in my Gmail inbox, an alert that we all need to pay attention to.

WebProNews, Micropersuasion, BL Ochman, and others are responding to this, bless them. (Attack of the Blogs art image found at WebProNews.)

Look at just a small excerpt of this ridiculous article in the distinguished tradition of Psycho-Capitalist, Totalitarian Thought Control, Anti-Democracy, Mammonist, Money-Worship, Consumer Fraud belief system, appearing in Forbes.

Attack of the Blogs


Blogs started a few years ago as a simple way for people to keep online diaries.

[STREIGHT/VASPERS: bullshit #1. Blogs began as geeks listed links to technical information and software offerings, not as pesonal journals. Screwed up journalism strikes again in ignorance.]

Suddenly they are the ultimate vehicle for brand-bashing, personal attacks, political extremism and smear campaigns.

[STREIGHT/VASPERS: Typical brain dead MSM accusation. Rather than "they can be", Forbes says "they ARE..." Irresponsible journalism, incompetent liars. The blogosphere is successfully annihilating the MSM, and its rotting corpse is now twitching and vomiting hate all over the place.]

It's not easy to fight back: Often a bashing victim can't even figure out who his attacker is. No target is too mighty, or too obscure, for this new and virulent strain of oratory.

[STREIGHT/VASPERS: Ha ha ha. Take that, Morbid Stream Media twerps!]

Microsoft has been hammered by bloggers; so have CBS, CNN and ABC News, two research boutiques that criticized IBM's Notes software, the maker of Kryptonite bike locks, a Virginia congressman outed as a homosexual and dozens of other victims--even a right-wing blogger who dared defend a blog-mob scapegoat.

"Bloggers are more of a threat than people realize, and they are only going to get more toxic. This is the new reality," says Peter Blackshaw, chief marketing officer at Intelliseek, a Cincinnati firm that sifts through millions of blogs to provide watch-your-back service to 75 clients, including Procter & Gamble and Ford. "The potential for brand damage is really high,"says Frank Shaw, executive vice president at Microsoft's main public relations firm, Waggener Edstrom. "There is bad information out there in the blog space, and you have only hours to get ahead of it and cut it off, especially if it's juicy."

Some companies now use blogs as a weapon, unleashing swarms of critics on their rivals.

[STREIGHT/VASPER: Freedom of expression declared to be "a weapon". Right. It is. I said recently that the blogosphere is a weapon--learn how to use it. Now Forbes rightly agrees, but in a whining manner.]

"I'd say 50% to 60% of attacks are sponsored by competitors," says Bruce Fischman, a lawyer in Miami for targets of online abuse. He says he represents a high-tech firm thrashed by blogs that were secretly funded by a rival; the parties are in talks to settle out of court.

One blog, Groklaw, exists primarily to bash software maker SCOGroup in its Linux patent lawsuit against IBM, producing laughably biased, pro-IBMcoverage; its origins are a mystery (see box, p. 136).

The online haters have formidable allies amplifying their tirades to a potential worldwide audience of 900 million: Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, plus a raft of other blog hosts.

Google is the largest player; its site attracts 15 million visitors a month, more than each of the Web sites of the New York Times, USAToday and the Washington Post. An upstart, Six Apart in SanFrancisco, owns three blogging services--TypePad, LiveJournal and Movable Type--that together run a strong second to Google.


This is just an excerpt. Read the whole article at Forbes. Laugh and howl at their idiotic whining and fear.

Bloggers: they will respect us, or feel our WRATH.

Viva Le Blogs!

[signed] Vaspers the Grate aka Steven Streight


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