Blogging About Blogging About Nothing

January 30, 2007

The Cornell blogosphere is on fire again! Latest topic of interest is Tara Tavernia’s “Blogging About Nothing” piece in The Cornell Daily Sun. A small section sums up her point:

The problem is that the interesting stories are mixed with the blogger’s commentary, which is my main complaint about blogs. Very few bloggers are experts on the field about which they are writing (I mean, really, can you be a pop culture expert?). Yet, everyone wants to give their two cents on every topic.

Perhaps that may explain why only very few blogs have a substantial audience. Does this mean the rest of the population should cease all online publishing? Should we also introduce filters to make sure only approved content ever sees the light of day?

Ironically, she is writing about blogs, something she is clearly not an expert on.

But wait. It gets better:

Every publication has a website, and many are now adding the newer variants of online media as well — photo slideshows, forums, blogs and podcasts. I cannot grasp why the media — magazines, newspapers and even television — has to transform itself into such a fast-paced environment. Sure, it’s great to read the news ten minutes after it happened, but inaccuracies are bound to occur with so little time for editing and fact-checking.

I hope she realizes The Cornell Daily Sun is one of those publications (with photos, forums, and blogs).

Christian Montoya adds:

In the end, the funny and ironic thing about Tara’s rant is that it sounds more like a blog entry than a newspaper editorial to me. It’s poorly written both in grammar and structure and full of weak arguments and Tara does nothing to prove to us that she is an expert herself, considering how few blogs she actually reads.

Elliott Back points out:

It’s not fair to claim that making money is an impure motive for writing a blog, unless you want to include all mainstream media as well. The New York Times is plastered with ads.

I stand by my previous claim: bloggers love to blog about blogs.


First Facebook Spam Received

January 6, 2007

This is far from newsworthy, but it marks a new era in the evolution of Facebook. A week ago, I received my first spam message within Facebook. It came from “Luaz Vieria (no network)” and this is a small section of it:

Before I go further, I will like to give you a brief profile
about myself..Mr Luíz Gonzaga Vieira by name 35 years of age,
English,french man married with 3 kids. Due to the nature of my work, I
travel a lot. But my Family resides in Paris, France. I just resigned my
job as a Research Analyst for CIRAD (Agricultural Research and
Development Institute based in France ) but I still work as a freelance
consultant for the institute which gives me very much time to do my own work
which is basically being a freelance researcher who could be employed by
research institutes to do research projects anywhere in the world.
Presently, I have just been granted a funding to head a
research project in the Cocoa Rich regions of West Africa regarding the
growing and handling of cocoa for the benefit of the cocoa community as a
whole – investors , the growers, traders, users and consumers. This
research program will be funded and sponsored by some of my American
counterparts interested in Investing in the Production and Trade. But the only
set back is that the American counterparts want to make payments for
the research informs of US money orders/ cashier’s check only. And its a
known fact that money in such forms cant be cashed outside the US.
Getting an accountant in the states or opening an account would have been
my best choice but I have a deadline to meet and taking any of those
choices would cost me time and a whole lot of other requirements, which I
am not ready to deal with. There is where is need your assistant and
service.

When Facebook began allowing anyone to register, the move was widely criticized in part because it would lead to various abuses of the system. Perhaps the predictions were correct.