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Because it bothers me . . .

January 30th, 2008 · 5 Comments

I find it interesting that we frequently talk about context. We bemoan the lack of it and plead for its inclusion. Yet at the same time many, many, many media and/or journalism bloggers choose to use as daily blog posts their del.icio.us or other social bookmarking feeds. And in most cases, they provide these lists of articles and websites without, guess what, context.

Now to be fair, not everyone does this. Some bloggers, Amy Gahran for example, will provide some guidance for why she is sharing a particular entry with her readers. For example, her entry “Impressions on obsession with recession (The Joy of Tech comic)” was accompanied with the following explanation:

“I gotta admit, I think there’s a lot of truth to this one — especially re: media’s role.”

But others don’t even make that effort. Some bloggers will simply include an excerpt from the piece that struck them while others won’t even provide that. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with the use of these sites. I also don’t have a problem with bloggers including them on their pages. But to complain about others not providing context and then to ignore it yourself, just shows how lazy an industry we can be.

Tags: Best Practices · Blogging · Industry · Leadership

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