I skipped over the easy jokes, and chose to ignore the Time Magazine Person of the Year Award, naming “You” the bloggers, as Person of the Year.Â Many cracks were made (and at the time, I admit, I thought it was kind of dopey as well), and for the most part, the whole thing was laughed off as a silly publicity stunt, where Time just didn’t know WHO to make Person of the Year.
But as this year as worn on, I am starting to think more and more that they were actually right.Â Oh sure, there are just as many (if not more) “worthless” blogs out there, than useful ones, but the fact is that there are many, many very good to excellent Blogs that have literally changed the landscape of information available. (and by worthless, I mean blogs that “dead” or not updating.Â What is “worthless” to one person is a “goldmine of information” to another, so any active blog is not technically worthless.)
I have noted this before, back when the White House Press Corp. went on this little bender attacking blogs.Â Now, and this is not the first time by any means, Brian Williams of NBC is whining about bloggers:
“All of my life, developing credentials to cover my field of work, and now I’m up against a guy named Vinny in an efficiency apartment in the Bronx who hasn’t left the efficiency apartment in two years,” Williams said Wednesday. “On the Internet, no one knows if you’ve been to Ramadi or you’ve just been to Brooklyn and just have an opinion about Ramadi.”
Gee, Mr. Williams if you along with some of your other press cohorts hadn’t stopped actually being news people, maybe you would have more credibility than “Vinny.”Â Maybe if you didn’t show yourself to be such a neo-luddite.Â Maybe if Katie Couric would stop plaugerizing. May if it was NBC News and not the Blog Talking Points Memo that actually uncovered and broke the Attorney Purge Scandal.Â Even the LA Times points to this story as proof that blogs can top the press corp.Â Unfortunately not once did the LA Times, or anybody elseÂ mention that unless you did a live remote from Ramadi that you aren’t allowed to do anything but listen to those that have.
So it seems that the blogging world, and that fact that people have a voice is unnerving quite a few of the talking heads in traditional media as their influence has obviously been challenged.Â So in the end, maybe Time was right.Â Maybe “You” are the Person of the Year.Â Because with so many so afraid of the changes and shift in power and influence, that the blogging world is even more powerful than some would like to admit.