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Lord Of The Blogs – The Battle For Attention

Civility departs from the blogosphere

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In the nearly three years this writer has been diligently typing away, we witnessed cute and compelling blogs grow into the kind of pre-pubescent youth who rationalize violence as a way of dominating their little island.

The Good Ship Blogosphere foundered against the rocky shores of the island of Capital, as far as we can tell. If Piggy’s not dead already, someone’s groping for a rock, a decent grip, and the right angle for the killing blow.

Remember, the rising blogosphere offered the prospect of something better than all the tech journals in print. Real-time access to breaking information, along with the kind of commentary one couldn’t possibly find in the ad-dominated trade mags, existed as the currency of the blog realm.

Then some folks woke up one morning and realized currency, real Gulfstream-flying, Kobe steak-eating cash money where lots of zeroes parade behind an inconsequential digit, dangled within reach. And as human nature is wont to do, some of the hands that reach turned into fists that kill.

Witness the last 24 hours of the blogs, highlighted on tracking site Techmeme. Michael Arrington wants to crush CNET, which seems to be doing a good job of that itself, as Arrington wrote in TechCrunch.

Kara Swisher at BoomTown snarked away at that idea. She even used showtunes to do it.

“Could it have something to do with the fact that he

Lord Of The Blogs – The Battle For Attention
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  • http://www.alliedwarmachine.com Drenalin

    huh – so that’s why my AOL stock went into the drink!

    Quality – vs – quantity.

    The fact of the matter is every one develops the "Listen to me" attitude of the old school flame artist from back in the 90′s. Next thing you know – everyone is on the band wagon flame attacking each other and the rankings are going up as everyone likes a good car wreck. Don’t believe me – just find out why your traffic was jammed up on your way home tonight.