Sunday, May 15, 2011

To All You 'Aggregator Haters' Out There

A bit of misplaced criticism has come to my attention: a statement that this humble weblog "publishes pages and pages of information that may be found elsewhere on the world-wide web but provides no added value to it." Here's another: "You ape what others write and publish through your unstoppable cut and paste routine."

To those above allegations, I answer:

My blogging work includes, but is not limited to, reporting and editing in the traditional way, as well as aggregating information from a variety of sources, sorting and presenting the data to make it understandable.

Those who would criticize me for "cut and paste" would do well to look at their own blogs and tweets to search for occurrences of fleeting instances of originality.

The king of all websites (sometimes mistakenly referred to as a "blog") is THE DRUDGE REPORT. It's 99.999% AGGREGATOR!

NEWSER is an aggregator with 2.5 million unique visitors per month! The Huffington Post became a multi-million dollar website by publishing aggregated content!

Not to mention the amazing Global Voices Online, of which this weblog has been a proud affiliate for years and years!

HuffPo has Stolen scraped cut and pasted taken/lifted content from sources that already have massive amounts of traffic (I saw New York Magazine cited in one article) - basically adding a sentence or two on each end of a "snippet" from the original article, then proceeding to attract DOUBLE or even TRIPLE the number of hits the original source received!

If you are thinking "how can they get away with it?" - they LINK back to the original article - and no one can challenge them!

At least Global Voices adds LOTS of extra content and links. The individuals who contribute to Global Voices (in my opinion) serve journalism and the public in a higher capacity than the crew at HuffPo!

I've also endured criticism over typing errors - sorry, when I turn on Spellcheck it completely shreds my blog*spot posts: corrupting code, adding extra "div" tags where they're not needed, changing style and size of fonts. If typewriters existed in the times of Jesus Christ, these critics would have crucified the Lord long before his time! :)

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  1. I'm posting as anonymous because I don't want to be misunderstood by some of the haters out there - I guess I'm too sensitive - BUT I wouldn't worry too much about the posts that are being written by Windy on Laineys Musings because the English is horrible and the incessant rambling causes one to lose interest before the first paragraph has ended. I am REALLY surprised that Lainey, who seems to be a sweet, kind blogger allows this person to continue to tarnish her blog with his hate.

    I enjoy reading your posts - I find links to many interesting stories, although there are times I think you are not really clear and what you are saying can be misunderstood - just not in a way that should start such a hate campaign.

    Personally, I would report the blog to EC and adgitize for harassment and they will be removed.

    Haven't they ever heard of Defamation of Character?

    Defamation, Libel, and Slander

    The personal injury concept of "defamation" involves harm to a person's reputation. "Libel" and "slander" are two forms of defamation. Libel typically refers to defamation that is written or published, while slander is usually limited to oral defamation. Click on the links below for legal information on defamation, libel, and slander.

  2. @Anoonymous: I agree that there may be a language barrier issue : in the case of both LJ and Lainy, they were quite insulted by remarks that were not made with that intention.

    With that in mind, I wouldn't "report" any blog to anyone unless there were death threats or family threats involved - I DON'T SEE ANY LINKS BELOW on your comment.

    I'm sure that the "Windy" fellow is just trying to be helpful and defend Lainy's honour. I'm just as sure all of the readers in that "Block the Bitch Zuveena" click get their daily delights from reading Windy's articles.

    Ever have a skirmish with a neighbour? That's all this really is. Don't read any more into it!

  3. Great article!


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