It’s Halloween, and who is the biggest scariest monster on the block? Me. That’s because I’m one of them “bloggers” according to a sensationalistic article published in Forbes Magazine.
The article, written by Daniel Lyons and entitled “Attack of the Blogs,” has been drawing the ire of the blogosphere. A stew of fear and vitriol, the article begins with the sentence:
Web logs are the prized platform of an online lynch mob spouting liberty but spewing lies, libel and invective.
He also writes:
Blogs started a few years ago as a simple way for people to keep online diaries. Suddenly they are the ultimate vehicle for brand-bashing, personal attacks, political extremism and smear campaigns. It’s not easy to fight back: Often a bashing victim can’t even figure out who his attacker is. No target is too mighty, or too obscure, for this new and virulent strain of oratory.
Bloggers should certainly be responsible and law-abiding, and bloggers shouldn’t (and don’t) have an immunity from lawsuits for defamation or invasion of privacy.
What is most ironic, however, is that after attacking bloggers for being lawless brigands, Lyons proceeds to offer some tips for “fighting back” against the bloggers that are equally as unethical and lawless as the bloggers in his caricature: