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Online musings from the newsroom and beyond . . . by Yoni Greenbaum

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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

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Humpday Linkage - Jan. 30/08 | Broadcasting Brain // Jan 30, 2008 at 7:06 am

    […] Because it bothers me […]

  • 2 Amy Gahran // Jan 30, 2008 at 9:31 am

    Thanks, Yoni

    Yeah, I agree. If you’re using del.icio.us as a publishing tool as well as a social bookmarking tool, you need to have some content there.

    I make it a point to always add a remark or choose a relevant quote to show why I’ve thought a particular link is worth sharing.

    Amy Gahran

  • 3 links for 2008-01-31 : William M. Hartnett // Jan 31, 2008 at 5:24 am

    […] Because it bothers me … – editor on the verge Insert context here. (tags: delicious bookmarks blogs) […]

  • 4 Sean Polay // Feb 2, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Yoni,

    Who are your favorite “context bloggers?”

    -Sean

  • 5 Yoni Greenbaum // Feb 13, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    @Sean – I’ll offer as an example Robin Hamman, check out this recent link list: http://www.cybersoc.com/2008/02/links-for-20-10.html

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