OK, so I guess I was the last to hear about Dvorak’s recent slam on blogs, but I finally got around to reading it. And after poring over every word he penned, I can’t help but think, “So what?”
Dvorak deconstructs what he feels is the typical blog by citing eight characteristics he feels are typical among blogs. The funny thing is that despite his exhaustive research (he claims to have examined over 100 blogs), seven of the eight points he makes are either exaggerations, irrelevant, or just flat out wrong. (The only point he got correct, in my opinion, refers to the semi-incestuous nature of many blogs, where collections of related blogs link to and cite each other repeatedly. Admit it—this happens a lot.)
But what really led to my ho-hum reaction (as opposed to many bloggers’ overreactions) is that I didn’t know Dvorak was even relevant anymore. I mean, when did he become important again? There was a time when he was a prominent voice for the whole Internet thing, primarily through his presence in PC Magazine and the like, but those days are long since past—there is no longer a need for the One Guiding Voice phenomenon, and there are plenty of [better] sources for discovering The Truth nowadays. He’s basically living off of past glories and off of the platitudes still thrown his way by people who don’t know he’s no longer relevant (*cough* *cough* Ziff-Davis *cough*). He, like an increasing number of so-called “professional” journalists, can’t understand why anyone would bother reading (or writing) such unskilled words, but that also makes me wonder why he even cares. Another old media icon who’s becoming increasingly marginalized by the new media—and maybe he knows it, even if he’ll never, ever admit to it.
Basically, I’d say I glance over a new article by Dvorak in the same way I glance over the previous night’s baseball box scores. I’d say that, except for the fact that baseball is religion, and Dvorak is just another victim suffering from a mid-life bout with “Look At Me (Again)!” Syndrome, so that wouldn’t really be true.
In other words: “So what?”