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August 14, 2003

Orlowski takes down BloggerCon

THE REGISTER -- It comes as no surprise that the man who hates blogging would abhor BloggerCon. Some revealing snippets in his diatribe:

  • "Winer is real. Winer is a software developer, but one very few software developers people have heard of: he developed outlining software for the Macintosh in the 1980s and claims co-authorship of a couple of obscure web protocols."
  • The blog vendor lobby sees bloggers "as a worm farm, to be harvested at leisure."
  • "The only way I would attend such a conference is with a bottle in front of me or a frontal lobotomy," wrote Dwight Meridith.
  • "Today's tools vendors and their permaflunkies (are) a contingent of reporters, 'analysts' and marketeers who have unearthed a lucrative junket circuit by exploiting weblogging."
  • "If Blogger and MT and LiveJournal all dissolved into the ether tomorrow, I would still be a cartoonist. I would still be trying to do cartoons and animation, and I would still be trying to post news links and interesting things on my website. The only thing that would change would be the level of convenience. That's why I find the blogging paradigm overplayed." -- August Pollak
  • "Imagine how tedious newspapers would be if every other story proclaimed "We use INK!!!" The writers don't care, and the readers don't care, how this message was delivered: but readers do care about quality. "

Well, I almost want to attend BloggerCon because Orlowski won't be there. But I've heard he's actually coming, so what should I do? Those of my inner circle say I should focus on setting up a Web Writers Workshop during the 2004 Kilkenny Arts Festival. Sounds good to me.

Andrew Orlowski -- "Weblogger deal Harvard blog-bores a black eye"
Blogger Con comments -- what the partcipants want to see and do


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I'm with Teresa Neilsen Hayden (http://www.nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/) on this. $500 is far too much to charge for a convention of this sort, especially when the most interesting folks will probably be in the audience.

Personally, I think Andrew is one of the best things to happen to blogging, because he riles all the people who need a bit of riling and he's very good at pointing out various pomposities within the blogosphere -- and no one is spared his lash, including me. And he doesn't hate blogging -- just the totally overblown claims made for it at times, and the people who navel-gaze quite intensely within the blog world. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa, and long may you rightly criticise, Andrew! Andrew's very good at deliberately pricking people in the right places, and the overreactions he gets in response are all a part of the point of what he does. If he's going to BloggerCon, to me that's the best reason I've heard to pay the bloody $500, as you'd definitely get your money's worth!

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