Buncha questions came our way following some quotes we made in the LA Times article about sports blogs. Are you guys no longer putting up bikini photos? We’d sooner quit life. A few weeks ago, Elisha Cuthbert!* Are you really going to try and get comment for all the scurrilous rumors you post? We’ll take ‘em on a case-by-case basis, but we didn’t twice in the last week: Javon Walker and wealthy journalists.
As if it needed to be said: We’re a blog, whatever the hell that means. When you come ’round these parts, you know what you’re getting: a smattering of sports and media and celebrity and culture and movies and random linkage, plus the occasional dick joke and some salty language. We attempt to be fair, though we’re not always successful.
That “sketchy middle ground” we mentioned? It might make Buzz Bissinger’s head explode, but the Sun-Times had a weighty piece on its site this weekend asking who had hotter fans, the Cubs or the White Sox. How very bloggy of them! Bloggers love rumors? As do mainstream media outlets, who routinely print anonymously-sourced articles or go on TV and discuss rumored free agent movement, coach movement, and so on, most of which never comes to fruition. We have no qualms … it’s just where the media is right now.
Blogs will link up photos of Reggie Bush and no-longer-hot Kim Kardashian or Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson and in turn newspapers trumpet cheerleader slideshows on their websites. Those who have been reading blogs for a few years now must have noticed it – newspaper websites are slowly beginning to try and feel like blogs. Guess it’s easier to defend when you know the New York Times’ record for traffic came from … an Oscars slideshow.
So as the standards for newspapers erode and the standards for blogs are raised … ah, who knows. Flame away.
* And even if we don’t post noteworthy bikini photos, you can be damn sure you’re we’ll link to them, because no man should miss Megan Fox emerging from the water sans top.
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