As someone who has been involved with blogging since shortly after 9/11, and welcomed the concept of citizen journalism anticipated decades ago by futurists as Marshall McLuhan and Alvin Toffler, I’ve long defended it as a medium, and ridiculed the legacy media when they wrote such spurious statements as:
“Bloggers are navel-gazers,” said Elizabeth Osder, a visiting professor at The University of Southern California’s School of Journalism. “And they’re about as interesting as friends who make you look at their scrap books.”She added, “There’s an overfascination here with self-expression, with opinion. This is opinion without expertise, without resources, without reporting.”
On rare occasions though, I’d say such criticism is warranted; this is precisely one of those times.