As a newspaper with the proud tradition and heritage of serving Barubans faithfully for almost 88 years The Post recognises the Internet has caused the news playing-field to tilt dramatically as so-called “bloggers” swamp our browsers with information largely gleaned initially from respectable print organs like ourselves.
Do we fear “bloggers?” Do we think they’ll force us print vehicles out of business? Will advertisers spend all their money with Google?
The Post’s answer to all three is a resounding “NO.”
Why? Because if they live long enough and get sufficient “hits” blogs – and the “bloggers” behind them – start to think what they publish is of any significance. You can easily spot when this happens. When the “blogger” starts to take herself – or himself – seriously.
Case in point: A Barbados “blogger” who seems most interested in the number of hits he – or she – generates on Google.
And who writes about every topic with screaming headlines as if he/she is our only source of news..
Cases in point:
Pakistan On Verge Of Collapse – Taliban Heading For Islamabad and Nuclear Weapons
Swine Flu Scare Decimates International Travel – Barbados Suffers With Other Prime Destinations
And censored a trivial “comment” by a junior Post employee making fun of “Swine Flu” and “enhanced interrogation techniques.”
How do you know when your “blogger” has lost it?
When he/she becomes as irrelevant, as nutty – and irritatingly self-important – to you as the call-in radio hosts.