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Blogger Blame

Mentioned yesterday how the blogosphere was blamed for internet rumors even though no bloggers I know of had mentioned the rumor. Well, Steve reports a retraction:

Having heard from a couple of bloggers yesterday, I am going to plead guilty to an inexact application of the word “blogosphere”. Some of the very people I’ve characterized as the future of communications feel – justifiably – that I’ve tossed them under the proverbial bus recently.

That’s not the case. What I have done is use a term of art (blogosphere) as shorthand for all the myriad of internet communications. When I received nearly 100 emails and forwards of excerpts of a single report – and dozens of associated rumors- regarding Daniel Defense, I wrote that the “blogosphere was roiling”. A more accurate depiction would have been “rumors have been flying regarding Daniel Defense across the internet”. It was an unintentional shot at a group of individuals who I really do regard as integral parts of information distribution.

Hats off to Jim Shepherd for the correction.

6 Responses to “Blogger Blame”

  1. Rustmeister Says:

    Hats off to Curt for going to the source. =)

  2. DirtCrashr Says:

    “Term of Art”?? WTF? He’s Master of his own Lexicon, that’s for sure.
    I have a circle of dirtbiking-friends on an email distribution list that can easily generate a 100-replies – but those guys (and gals) and the Usenet-folks with whom I used to be #1 poster would never be mistaken for (or call themselves) “The Blogosphere.”
    And grammatically I believe it should be, “rumors have been flying across the internet regarding Daniel Defense.”

  3. _Jon Says:


    Actually, according to that comment, it should be, “rumors have been flying in e-mail regarding the Daniel Defense.

  4. comatus Says:

    The chilling effect of Zumbo?
    Long may it wave.

  5. straightarrow Says:

    Don’t you just love a guy classy enough to own his mistake and clean up his own mess?

  6. Lyle Says:

    Funny; I didn’t get a single one of those e-mails. But then I don’t forward, nor even read, spam.
    Steve; It’s called a spam bucket. Tell your friends.