Saturday, October 29, 2005

Forbes stupidly attacks blogosphere

Forbes stupidly attacks blogosphere

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



carrie said...

it's like an exorcism

Christopher Locke said...

I am just cynical enough to wonder whether this is a ploy by Forbes to get its ad hits up by provoking bloggers to visit the site to read this fascist spew.

Allan Clark said...

There seems to be only one thing that Forbes has accurately reported: the biased and obvious nature behind GrokLaw, which was originally a domain name owned by the IBM lab in the area. PJ hides her previous employment, her current source of salary (I'm too cynical to think she just does this for charity, yet it takes up the same as a day-job) or why the first articles and truly 100% of the initial content was anti-SCO.

When legions of OpenSource geeks read a publication, implicitly trusting the author, never questioning the facts themselves, someone has to ask where PJ came from, and who pays her now.

Disclaimer: Once long ago, I worked for SCO. I don't think I wrote the code in question.

I second clocke -- it's all about ads.

majamom said...

THe good news is

More then a handful of computer geeks must be reading blogs...

THis is a good thing!

P.S> hope the family emergency turned out O.K.

steven edward streight said...

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or, in other "words":

I am so delighted to see my marketing mentor, my blogospheric guru, my favorite marketing author (The Cluetrain Manifesto, Gonzo Marketing) and New Age con artistry hater (Mystic Bourgeossie)...

Christopher Locke

honoring and ennobling this blog with his thoughtful, super spearheadedly wise comments.

Thanks Clocke for the enrichment immaterialistically. I wonder if my quasi-metaphysical metaphoricity spooks you, dear friend.

You, Mr. Locke, are probably correct. It's a desperate attempt to generate interest and ad revenue.

Cix the blogosphere and hope thus to gain "merit" in the graveyard to whence thou shalt writhe like illicit filth, MSM: we hate you Morbid Stream Media.

William Gaus said...

The example in the article mentions that the smear campaign in question was launched on many fronts including the written word (letter). Perhaps, big business would prefer no communication at all. Further along these lines why not lump talk radio and the 24hour news monsters in. They all seem pretty negative with little ability to question those mediums! Hell, 2 companies (aprox) own the airwaves and we have no methods of keeping their agendas in line?!?! The more I think about the article the more I agree with clocke....this cannot be a 'real' article. It's knee jerk, bush league generalizations...most likely increasing traffic.

Best wishes Steven, hope all is well with the fam.

Chris Ritke said...

Right on. Scared as heck but trying to crank up clicks. Ugh.

Paul Woodhouse said...

Be afraid, be very afraid.

You've got to laugh.

Blogs as bogeyman just in time for Halloween.

Do these lame buggers have a centralised template for writing this kind of bilge?

I gave up on what the MSM have to say about blogs a while back. I've also come to the conclusion that none of them have the faintest idea as to what it's all about.

I honestly wouldn't piss on them if they were on fire.