Archive for the ‘David Bullard’ Category

Read this great piece from Wired about over-reaction to the Virginia Tech killings. In light of the recent Blog Day Afternoon over Bullard, this sentence did catch my eye:

A high school student was suspended for customizing a first-person shooter game with a map of his school.

Just the kind of geek that … ?


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Amidst all the brouhahahahahaha over David Bullard – which continues with the launch of his Bullog blog, a little detail has gone unnoticed … Its in the URL, which reads: http://blogs.thetimes.co.za/bullard/?p=2 . Its the little part that says “thetimes” … could this be the start of something great?

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Is it just me, or is this Amatomu graph of traffic on the Bullard issue trying to tell us all something?

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Poynter online, which claims to be cultivating a “better journalist” has published a piece by Amy Gahran on the Bullard issue in which she remarks:

Looking over Bullard’s grossly misinformed generalizations and borderline hate speech, I’ve got to wonder: Exactly which “newsprint rules” applied at the Sunday Times in deciding whether to run this particular column?

Great, Amy. Just a pity that you only linked to and reflected ONE SIDE of the Bullard discussion – the side you clearly advocate throughout the article. Isn’t the first rule of reporting to give both sides of the story?

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A person who achieves reknown for a sensational act in cyberspace. As in: Suddenly it dawned on the angry bloggers that they had turned David Bullard into a Cewebrity.

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Something remarkable happened yesterday. The power of the synergy between print and web publishing was revealed as bloggers climbed into (or defended with varying degrees of conviction) David Bullard’s somewhat over-the-top column on blogging in the Sunday Times. (See the Amatomu stats here)

What yesterday showed was that the two mediums are greater than the sum of their parts, the philosophy which underpins (SHAMELESS PUNT WARNING) the launch of The Times in June as a fully digitally integrated national newspaper. Even though the Bullard column carried no “push” signals, it did push bloggers to write in their droves. The bloggers then pushed traffic through to the online version of the column by linking and (perhaps against their better judgement) adding to the hype. That the topic of discussion which drove this blogging frenzy was blogging and not crime, Zimbabwe or sex is in itself remarkable, showing that there is high degree of self-awareness/self-criticism in the blogging community. Bloggers are thinking about their medium which bodes well. Self-criticism is the key that unlocks the growth and development of a relatively new medium.

The “old” media still has the punching power (and the readership, in the case of the Sunday Times) to drive an agenda in a way in which web plays can’t. Will this all change as broadband rolls out? Maybe, maybe not. What is clear is that a strategic partnership between print and online can deliver a very powerful punch.

At the end of the day, Matthew Buckland got it just about right with this remark:

Obviously bloggers have to respond. But what some fail to see (or grasp) is that there is a strong baiting element to Bullard’s excellent columns. In fact every week there is a strong sarcastic and satirical edge to his writing. Just about the silliest thing a blogger can do is reply with righteous indignation and call for his head. And Bullard does rightfully point out some weaknesses in blogging, albeit in a sarcastic tone. (And who’s saying ‘blogging’ is ‘journalism’? Some blogs are journalism, some aren’t, some don’t care.)     [My bold]

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Now see what you’ve done. David Bullard has started a blog … or will it be one of those one-post wonders that litter cyberspace?

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