Webometric Thoughts

December 10, 2007

TechCrunch v. Lessing: I’m with Lessing

Filed under: Doris Lessing,techcrunch — admin @ 10:15 am

According to Technorati, TechCrunch is the 3rd ranked blog on the web, but if all its posts meet the standards of its recent attack on the Nobel prize winning Doris Lessing, then it will quickly be falling down the ranking. This is not a quality piece of citizen journalism, a good reflection the democratisation of communication, it is dishonest technological-jingoism relying on quotes taken out of context and pointless insults.

Whilst the post at least has the decency to reference Lessing’s speech in its entirety, how many visitors to the TechCrunch post will bother reading the original text?

Rather than asking us to do away with computers and the internet or claiming they make us ignorant, in fact she describes them as ‘amazing’, she is merely asking us to think more about the effects of a fragmenting culture and increased specialisation. The ‘ditherings of an ignorant old woman’ as TechCrunch’s Duncan Riley would have us believe, or just crap journalism?

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