More blog panic
The mainstream media panic about blogs reaches new heights with a piece by Daniel Lyons in Forbes (free registration required). Thanks to David Heidelberg for the alert.
The title Attack of the blogs is about the most level-headed sentence in the whole piece. The author’s main concern is “attack blogs” that have the temerity to criticise corporations. Bloggers are variously described as “online haters”, “evil” and “an online lynch mob spouting liberty but spewing lies, libel and invective”. He suggests using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (which requires hosts to take down copyrighted material used without permission) as a way of silencing critics.
Interestingly, Lyons suggests that “50% to 60% of attacks are sponsored by competitors”, which rather suggests that the appropriate target of his ire should be the corporate sector rather than the blogosphere.
There’s a lengthy critique at Americablog.
Risking the DMCA, I’ll just quote one sentence which seems to refer back to some of the discussion we’ve had here recently “Dry treatises on patent law and trade policy don’t drive traffic (or ad sales) for bloggers and hosts; blood sport does”
After adding the link (a republication of an AFR), I notice that it contains a hostile reference to the SCO group, which gets its own breakout box as a victim of evil bloggers. Surely Lyons could have found a more appealing poster child than this corporation based entirely on predatory lawsuits.