The 5 most annoying discussions

Journalist-blogger Alexandre Gamela (O Lago/The Lake) has completed a series of posts about five topics in online/digital journalism that he deems the most irritating:

  1. Is Twitter Journalism?
  2. Death of the Blogosphere
  3. Citizen Journalism
  4. Bloggers vs. Journalists
  5. The Death of Newspapers

I certainly agree that I am dead sick of all of these! Are you?

18 Comments on “The 5 most annoying discussions

  1. Well, I agree they’re annoying in the sense that they’re mainly solved and yet people keep arguing them. However, because some of the people still arguing them are influential, unfortunately we have to keep tossing them around.

    The recent rash of paywall lunacy is one example. To me it is starkly, irrefutably obvious that paywalls are just wrong, and yet every day last week there was some new article extolling their virtues. So the fight continues.

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  3. 7.5. Google should pay restitution for driving traffic to my news site … Wait a minute!

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  5. @Megan Taylor – Excellent additions to the list!

    @Tim Burden – I know, I know … I’ve been amazed at the stupidity in these chest-thumping proclamations of “Make them pay!” Nobody’s gonna pay. Geez, still clueless after all these years.

  6. I agree … all of these are super annoying. I’ll add some of my own super-annoying questions/topics/comments I’m sick of. (A bit different than yours but in the same spirit.) I’ve also included my own responses or at least the ones I say under my breath while walking away.

    1. Why would someone care what I had for lunch? (in regards to Twitter, of course.) (Yes, but it’s about connecting, and people connect over the mundane at least at first.)

    2. Why would I want to link to my competition. (Because your job is to give your readers the best information, even if it’s not from you.)

    3. I’ll post after I finish my story. (No, post now; write your story later.)

    4. I’m a real journalist, so I just don’t buy this new media stuff. (Yes, I’m a real journalist, too, but I realize it’s not 1975.)

    5. I don’t have enough time to read blogs. (You don’t have enough time not to.)

  7. Commonly, debates framed as “X is Y?” tend to be heated, popular and… stupid. “Humanities”, though, are prone to that kind of framing. I can’t imagine a medicine journal opening a debate on “are bones skin?” or a construction magazine opening a debate on “are doors windows?”

  8. @Marcelo Soares – You are right, but it seems journalists love to say “X is not journalism!” and “Journalism is not Y!” The strange part is that often no one else (other than journalists) cares if it is or isn’t.

  9. That was a great series of posts, and thanks for linking to it, Mindy. Alexandre’s logic and brevity are refreshing. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees with him, so the arguments aren’t dead yet.

    I’m afraid the same is true with paywalls (bad idea) and comments (if reporters and editors participated more, Neanderthal comments would be less common).

  10. @Mark Dodge Medlin – Yes, the comments problems might be the “broken windows syndrome”: When the neighborhood starts looking run-down and trashy, crime and vandalism increase.

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