September 17, 2010

Journalists vs Bloggers

Who needs editors, right? If you have a computer, you're a writer! All those smug reporters, many downsized or bought out, because now anyone can write! Bloggers are the new black! Hell, I even know bloggers that note on their resumes that they are published, then link to their blog. You know that thing, like this very entry you are reading, that has passed through exactly one set of hands and eyeballs.

Mine. And I wrote it. And if I catch a typo, I'll probably go back and fix it, but mostly, I'm on to putting the real work into those columns and features I write. For real. That have to pass through many eyeballs and red pens because of ridiculous things like telling the truth, employing proper grammar, aiming for excellent syntax and generally not insulting and degrading the language I write in. Which in turn means not insulting you, the reader.

But no, the Internet does away with all the nuisance! Journalism is now a free-for-all of wall smacking balls of gob that hit, or not, and slide down and leave a scuzzy mess. And after awhile, you start to think that's how it is, and it becomes impossible to tell reputable outlets from toilets.

Yes, I'm ranting. Roz sent me this link. Read this. Or, try to. From a typo in the headline, the entire thing is like trying to read while you're riding a unicycle and eating a slurpy fajita.

It's from Google Trend News. Really? The real 'Google'? Cuz if so, this is pathetic. My first thought was that this is a translation, and heading down a link supplied I found a slightly better piece. But that doesn't matter. If this is presented under the Google banner, we have a right to expect better.

Anyone know more?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This reads like the assembly directions you get with a really cheap toy from Taiwan. "Upon an alternative palm"??? Does this mean "on the other hand"?

And since this will be published on your wall, I'M A WRITER!! I'm so excited.

September 17, 2010 9:58 AM  
Anonymous buzzwhack said...

Yes but, we don't have to subscribe to read the entire story!
Journalists have always made peanuts save for the talented few and those with very good agents. Bottom line is, newspaper publishers won't pay an acceptable wage until you've reached the stage where you don't need them anymore. Magazines tend to be worse in that regard. They act as if you should be glad to be on their farm team. As long as someone decides to advertise with google trend, there'll be some hopefuls willing to inflict bad prose, mangled syntax and spelling on the masses. It doesn't matter in the long run because readers who know the difference aren't supporting them. They're just laughing or drawing attention to the article links for kicks.

September 17, 2010 11:12 AM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

Huh... always wanted to be "pounded by a actress." For some reason they never cooperate.

G-TREND news has nothing whatsoever to do with google. I'm somewhat surprised that they haven't sent a "cease and desist" to G-TREND.

It's probably because the writing's so bad it slipped below their stupid radar. All the other articles on G-TREND are just as mangled.

September 17, 2010 12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely not Google. Reads like Engrish and grates like fingernails on chalkboard. Ugh.

September 17, 2010 12:12 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Or, as I call it, 'a first draft'.

September 17, 2010 12:19 PM  
Blogger Webgod Jeff said...

Don't get me started...

September 17, 2010 12:39 PM  
Anonymous Arlene said...

Now why did you make me read that?

September 17, 2010 3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arlene: Don't blame Lorraine... blame Roz cuz she's the one what sent the link to Lorraine in the number one situation. Upon an alternative palm Lorraine didn't have to pole it on this place...


September 17, 2010 3:59 PM  
Blogger Newtonville Dan said...

....syntax ??.... Is that the extra money that I pay for smokes and booze?


September 18, 2010 7:41 AM  
Anonymous B1 said...

I expect little from Internet "news" sources, blogs or not.

Of course, there's my old newspaper to which I occasionally send (suitably anonymous) corrections for errors in the print edition.

You know, things like asking if the "canons" that were firing at soldiers were using missals and whether "marshall law" was a reference to the late US Supreme Court justice.

Nobody's perfect. Not even me. Or is it "I"....

September 19, 2010 1:31 PM  
Anonymous Arlene said...

It's "I".

September 19, 2010 4:23 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...


September 19, 2010 4:25 PM  
Blogger Larry said...

It's clearly an auto-translation from another language, with no cleanup.

September 20, 2010 7:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That takes all the fun out of slagging this guy, Larry.

September 20, 2010 10:53 AM  
Anonymous still_ranting said...

Now this just shows what a geek I am. First poster was right. If one were to use a content spinner, "on the other hand" could easily become "upon an alternative palm."

I'm guessing the "writer" isn't a writer at all, but the owner of many "auto" blogs that scrape and spin content, all as handy little automated homes for Google Adsense ads.

They don't care how bad the quality is. The worse, the better, because when quality is really bad, people often click an ad to leave and the autoblog owner makes money off the adclick.

still ranting...


September 21, 2010 2:33 AM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

Nothing to do with blogs, per se, but about quality of work and why we all need editors from time to time...

September 22, 2010 2:54 PM  

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