Thursday, April 14, 2005
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Bravo to the public relations staff
The hardworking PR team here at danieldrezner.com has had a good week:
Being compared to cheap labor, getting my name misspelled at cnn.com, and a citation in the Village Voice -- yes, it's been a banner week for the PR staff!!posted by Dan on 04.14.05 at 11:48 PM
>> read the transcript (in which they misspell my last name).posted by: Jim Holmes on 04.14.05 at 11:48 PM [permalink]
The first post lost a bit of what I entered... Should have read:
"read the transcript (in which they misspell my last name). "
Good thing they've got fact-checkers and editors, unlike pajama-clad bloggers!posted by: Jim Holmes on 04.14.05 at 11:48 PM [permalink]
I disagree with this comparison:
To stretch a manufacturing analogy, unsalaried bloggers represent low-cost Chinese laborers, professional journalists the well-paid-with-benefits American workers.
Some of the bloggers he cites as examples - Brad DeLong, Mr. Drezner, Josh Marshall, the Volokhs - experts in their respective fields, who can craft a product within their specialty far superior those done by the generalists in the mainstream media.
A better comparison would be between a person crafting a dining table in their spare time with buying something from IKEA. The IKEA table will be of decent quality for a decent price. The individually produced works will have much greater variation - a skilled artisan will create a far superior product. Some hobbyists might produce something inferior, but take great joy in it; others will labor to produce something exquisite.
What the web does for opinion journalism is open the market to hobbyists and artisans alike. IKEA will still be the biggest seller with the broadest appeal (occasionally commissioning something they like from the artisans and hobbyists, if they're smart), but the artisans and hobbyists can now fill niches previously left empty.
Pareto efficient all around.posted by: Independent George on 04.14.05 at 11:48 PM [permalink]
Independent George: The individually produced works will have much greater variation
Yep, it's the Long Tail at work again.posted by: fling93 on 04.14.05 at 11:48 PM [permalink]
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