Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Has anyone been evicted from blogging yet?

This afternoon, I was tipped off about this post by a seemingly anonymous blogger going by the name "Bill," who has been writing the "Blogging versus Journalism" site since October 4. That post from Monday bears a significant resemblance to this column by Steve Outing from November 19 at Editor & Publisher. It is not the whole article, but grafs used here and there, with a few tweaks to the text. There is no credit, no mention of Outing or E&P, nothing.

I'm not sure if the blogger is really a journalist or not, as the blog*spot site is "," but s/he isn't doing any favors for him/herself, nor bloggers as a whole.

I thought perhaps this was an oddity, and took a random scroll through the site's archives. While many of the entries are blockquotes with attributed links, that isn't the case for everything, unfortunately.

As Drudge would say, "DEVELOPING."

[Thanks, Mark]

[update] Some good examples here and here.

The discussion is continuing here at Steve Rubel's Micro Persuasion. Rubel is rightly "keeping an open mind" on the matter, but anonymity is keeping us from being able to get a response from "Bill" at this point. Needless to say, this looks kind of iffy, IMHO.


At 11:36 AM, Blogger EdWonk said...

Every universe has its fringe element. I recently found some of my work on one of the "large" blogs (blog#1). What they had done was go to another "large" blog,(blog#2) remove a photo from a post of mine, and gave a "cig tip" to blog#2. To be fair, blog#2 did give proper attribution to "The Education Wonks," which I liked, since I have few links and could use some more.

When I left a comment at blog#1 *politely* asking to be included in the "cig tip" my request was ignored.


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