Blogging is not an addiction

The New York Times article on blogging (5/27) titled “For Some, the Blogging Never Stops” is predictably shallow. Remember 1994 – 1995 and the NYT publishes an article a day on Al Gore’s Information Superhighway until it reaches the point even my mother asks me about it (“Brad, when did they stop publishing news in the newspaper?”). My philosopher wife’s comment on the article was, with disgust, “I’m tired of the word addiction being diluted to mean something that you really like to do – addiction has an element of compulsion, not simply a strong preference for the activity.”

Fred Wilson noticed this also and decided, after his one post for the day, to take the day off. Interestingly, I’ve noticed surprisingly few posts since 5/27 (I wasn’t on my computer for 36 hours as I flew from Denver to a meeting in San Diego to New York for the weekend so Newsgator accumulated my feeds in Outlook, which were few.) I guess all the addicts decided to take Memorial Day weekend off and enjoy the weather.

Time to go for a run (no, that’s not an addiction either).

  • It was a silly story. But don’t blame the reporters. I think part of the problem at every newspaper and magazine is that the reporters actually live close to the issue at hand and then they hand in a half-baked story to an editor who has no idea what they are talking about and then the editor (or worse, the copy desk) comes up with some sort of headline, written in two minutes, that is just plain dumb.

    It’s one of the MANY problem with the craft of journalism as practiced today. (By the, blogging journalists—who copyedit and fact-check their own pieces—have a whole ‘nother set of issues but at least they tend not to put stupid headlines on reasonable stories.)

    Off topic digression, for a fascinating Timesian story, read Daniel Okrent’s column in yesterday’s Week in Review about the Times’ coverage of Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction.

  • Blogging may be a compulsive behavior in many people but it is a hell of a lot more constructive than “traditional” substance-abuse habits.

    It seems to me that blogging represents a sort of existential self-medication thru “open source therapy”.