The trend is growing. It’s the combative relationship between mainstream media journalists and writers vs. their readers.
They inflame with senseless articles, we react. Their web sites get more hits. And run more ads.
It’s the circle of life circa 2006 and I don’t see it changing for the better.
Somehow the give and take capability of the internet brings out the worst in journalists.
Instead of simply reporting the news as a series of facts, they become embroiled in the news.
Take Dr. Emilio Bombay. Please. He’s a self-proclaimed techno journalist, and senior resident expert for the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram.
Two of Dr. Bombay’s recent articles blasted away at the 60-million or so iPod users throughout the world. Why?
Good question. Judging from the diatribe in both columns, Dr. Bombay hates you if you’re an iPod user. Why?
That’s a good question, too. I can only assume he and his so-called newspaper suffer from “
Blast Mac Users Syndrome
Write something nasty and get lots of web site hits. What other reason could there be? Plenty, but that’s a start.
Could this be considered public terrorist threatening (a crime in many states)?
Instead of reporting the news, journalists have become the news, they make the news, they are the news.
What got Dr. Bombay off his meds and into the rant ward was nothing more insidious than a Sharper Image catalog. Somehow, “It was the toilet-paper dispenser that got to me.”
It’s the season of catalog, Doctor. Deal with it. Take an overdose of lithium and call us when you get to Macworld 2007.
Mistaking the tens of millions of law-abiding, intelligent, pro-choice (iPods) American iPod owners as lemmings who blindly will buy any accessory for their iPods, Dr. Bombay went ballistic:
Most journalists these days sprinkle their opinionistic diatribes with facts that make them appear balanced.
Dr. Bombay says the iPod was a success but that is changing. He doesn’t say how.
No mention of the real competition, or those players with more features or lower prices. His comment about iPod market share is just plain wrong. So much for fact checking at the Star-Telegram.
Ranting has become a sport among journalists and writers these days. Pick a subject. Spit and piss all over it. Sit back and watch the response (and web site hits go up, up, up). Rinse. Repeat.
Dr. Bombay, I’m tired of it, too. I’m tired of mainstream media JournoJerks jerking my chain with technobabble they don’t understand, and commentary designed to inflame, not inform.