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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Richard Morin wrote in the Washington Post:

“…perhaps people will start ignoring the bloggers, who proved once more that their spectacular lack of judgment is matched only by their abundant arrogance.”

This line from the article “Surveying The Damage” spent time bashing bloggers who released early exit poll data on the U.S. presidential race.

I read this line thinking Richard Morin had blogging envy and was taking a few shots at the competition. Then I listened to two IT Conversation podcasts and started to agree. The podcasts were the Election 2004 session from BloggerCon III, and the Gillmor Gang’s interview with eBay tech evangelist Jeff McManus. There was more than one voice in these shows demonstrating a self-important arrogance.

If bloggers can convince politicians to blog, perhaps some good could result. If bloggers want to ram blogging and podcasting down everyone’s throats as the solution to all political, marketing, and business problems, then I don’t think they will get very far.

Poking fun at people who “just don’t get it” doesn’t work either.

Persistence and favorable results do work.

I think blogs are working extremely well in the tech community. I’ve made a number of friends I’ve never met (but hope to), and there is a great community atmosphere. It's passion, not arrogance, which makes it fun.

richard Tuesday, November 30, 2004
One of the problems is that some of the people that are blogging's biggest evangelists are jerks. They have seen The Truth and have tried to convince people, but people are too stupid to Get It. I didn't listen to the IT Conversations casts, so I'm not sure who's on there or if they're jerks or not, so no angry emails, people.
<br>Blogging isn't a panacea...
<br>It's not right for every situation anymore than a hammer is. Sure, you can bash stuff with it, but sometimes it's just not the right tool. I don't think that Cray really needs a blog to attract customers, or Boeing, or Sealand's shipping operations. These aren't companies that I would go to to read a blog, or that I'd be in the market for buying. If I were looking for a Cray, I'd have my secretary call them and they'd send me a team of sales people to pitch me. Well, they would have at one time, anyway...
Steve Gillmor Tuesday, November 30, 2004
I assume you were referring to my incredulous tone as Jeff McManus seemed not to &quot;get&quot; the potential impact of the blogosphere and podosphere on eBay's community. Granted, there's nothing more obnoxious than a converted believer, but arrogance? Nope. Just my opinion, and I tried to keep my skepticism about Jeff's tightly-drawn responses under control until the very end. If you search Google for reactions to the show, you'll find some eBay users who clearly go well beyond my questions in their attitudes about what they perceive as eBay's closed community.
<br>I've been accused of arrogance (and ignorance) over the past three years about RSS, and I suggest my enthusiasm for the disruptive aspects of the technology is now shared by many who thought I was nuts before. So I'd ask you to belay judgement on my current stance until it turns out I'm deluded -- or not. And if I were McManus and company I'd be watching their rear view mirror--and even the Trojan Horse of their stake in craigslist--for what may be gaining on them.
Scott Allen Thursday, December 2, 2004
Insightful comments, everyone. I'll belay judgement, becase I do agree that blogging will be disruptive in many circles. As for eBay though, I feel they have bigger problems then blogging not being on thier radar screen. I find it more of a chore to find, purchase, and have an item delivered from a seller on eBay than I do online retailers, and for a very marginal discount.
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