Bitter bloggers and more backlash

August 17, 2006

What comes up must come down–and that’s true most of all about things that are hyper-hyped. it also seems that the time between hype and anti-hype keeps shortening–part of the instant news world I guess. Or the influence of blogs. Here are a couple of rants about the over-hyped nature of the blogosphere.

First, from Nicholas Carr who in a rather erudite fashion calls blogging and its presumption of power vs. mainstream media an “innocent fraud.” You judge for yourself.

The other is a more bitter complaint from a blogger who apparently has discovered that for the most part when he blogs nobody pays much attention. Apparently he thought that his words would be the equivalent of a better mousetrap and the world would beat a path to his door. (I’ve thought about that better mousetrap theory a lot as I put one of those old fashioned kind with the spring on it in my little barn–apparently no one has a better mousetrap or else we can’t find that elusive door.)

Here’s what commentator Seth Finkelstein had to say–note the cruelty of blog evangelists

To be more personal here, I wrote because:

1) I was suckered into the idea that blogs were a way to “route around” media power, and to be HEARD.

2) I had delusions of influence.

3) The random-payoff of attention makes it seem far more effective than it actually is.

4) It’s painful to admit that you’ve wasted so much time and effort and pretty much nobody is listening.

Blog evangelism is very cruel, as it preys on people’s frustrated hopes and dreams.

My blog is read by a few dozen fans, and, inversely, some “opposition researchers”. I’ve come close to shutting it down at times, and will finally reach the breaking-point eventually.

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One Response to “Bitter bloggers and more backlash”


  1. “Apparently he thought that his words would be the equivalent of a better mousetrap and the world would beat a path to his door.”

    Well, more like there was a sales-pitch of access and equality that was far more akin to a Ponzi scheme or multi-level marketing. Complete with the aftermath of sneering at the chump for actually believing the con-man.


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