Like Darren I also had that dirty, hollow feeling after each Bullard blog… and I strongly questioned at the time whether I should join the fray. And I stayed out of it until I could no longer. I reasoned with myself: Just how do you ignore the story when the blogosphere is up in flames and especially when it’s (supposedly) one of those classic journalists vs the bloggers tiffs. I don’t know.
In his articulate post Darren reckons this is what we have learned from the Bullard-“gate” saga:
Being a prat and insulting a large group of people can generate online buzz This strategy works exceptionally well when the target offended happens to include members of the linkerati Some of the best link bait is created by accident Bloggers take themselves too seriously and are far too easily riled up Once riled up, bloggers tend to miss the point Newspaper columnry is largely monologuous, making it different from (and less accountable than?) the conversational nature of blogging. Being able to hold a job for 13 years is not always an indicator of how good you are at it.
Read Darren’s full post here.