Who knew? Doug Bailey, formerly of the Globe, reads them enough to work himself into a lather in print today.
I agree with his basic point: The comments represent the basest form of humanity, from the sort of people who blame Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton (and now, of course, Barack Obama) every time somebody gets mugged in Roxbury.
But you know what, Doug? Your pals at Morrissey Boulevard and Herald Square share the blame.
The ink-stained wretches of Manhattan blasted mommy blogggers this week for taking free stuff from companies.
George Snell tells the Times to get off its damn high horse because reporters gets free stuff from companies, too:
... When I was a newspaper reporter it was a common practice for reviewers to receive goods for free. Anything from screenings of movies and plays to new albums and recently released books. I never saw one book reviewer read a novel and then mail it back to the publishing house. The book went on their book shelf. The music reviewer at the Telegram & Gazette in Worcester (MA) used to get so many music CDs that he used to hold mock yard sales to give extras away to fellow reporters.
So why is it a surprise that bloggers do the the same thing? And letâ€™s not even get into the paid junkets to destinations like Disney World that many journalists take every year. ...
Ed. recovering reporter note: He's right. Even back in my days on a smallish suburban daily newspaper, we'd get free stuff. Like the time the Navy flew me and some local teachers down to Annapolis. That was a fun trip - although I'm betting the reporter who got a free trip to Bermuda had an even better time.
Boston MenuPages is now Boston Grub Street, owned by New York Magazine.
Blogger Chuck Tanowitz issues a call to action: He's calling on folks to do a little man-in-the-street interviewing to see how Newton residents really feel about the progress at Newton North High School, following City Hall's tut-tutting over Tab and blog coverage of the work.
The Boston Foodie actually puts it a bit more bluntly: Chowhound sucks:
Call it a rant but the entire dinner conversation tonight revolved around how plebe the site is and the way it is dominated by blowhards, people who get weird jollies stuffing anything but their cranium, dollar store shoppers who "review" the latest beef jerky and, well, basically drunks. ...
Chuck Tanowitz talks to the Newton mayor's flack (yes, of course, the mayor of Newton has a PR person - you can't imagine the crush of press calls the mayor of the Garden City gets) about the flap over letting the local weekly take pictures of the under-construction Newton North High School:
The Lit Drop, written by Dorchester Reporter and State House News Service reporters Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, will provide daily coverage of this year's mayoral and city-council elections.
Full disclosure: I do some work for the Dorchester Reporter and, in fact, set the blog up - and you might even see my name on some posts there.
Whoever's behind this site really, really, really hates Tom Menino. Still, it's interesting looking at a site calling for "an open and honest dialogue" on the issues facing Boston when its operators go out of their way to hide their identities:
Private, Registration [email protected]
Domains by Proxy, Inc.
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We hear from a reliable source that a couple of gossip gals at a certain scrappy tabloid got caught passing off a two-year-old photo of the Celtics dancers as their own when it was really taken by a local blogger - who was never asked if that was OK. File under: Tsk.
The Boston Blogs Network is a collaborative effort of a group of Boston-area blogs to promote each other and make a bit of money. If you're local and you write about life in the area, chances are you qualify for membership.
Read some more about us and, if you're interested, drop me a line (if you've already done so, and never heard back from me, please write again - I wasn't ignoring you, I was being stupid and not backing up e-mail to prepare for the computer disaster I usually manage to cause every so often).
Blue Mass. Group will interview Boston mayoral candidate Michael Flaherty on Tuesday, June 2, at 10:30 a.m. You can suggest questions at the link.
Crazy Massachusetts Pensions is a new blog devoted to, well, you can probably guess.
BPDNews is offline because of "the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit."
Maybe now would be a good time to consider moving the site to a server actually run by the city instead of some discount ISP? Surely somebody in the city IT department knows how to set up and manage a Web server, no?
In the meantime, there's always Boston Police District A-7, although they only cover East Boston.
Last month, Candelaria Silva decried what she called the Black-on-Black crime of the eradication of Black cultural businesses and institutions in Boston. She ended by fretting about the fate of the Bay State Banner, whose owner has a white wife.
Last night, Silva posted an apology:
A Magno Frail Whale
Wade Roush provides the blow by blow of a brewing Twitterwar involving a couple of Cambridge social-media startups. Fortunately, the war is over and they're best buds again, because you know how devastating those things can be.
Wrong, according to fellow nouveau Twitteratus Steve Garfield, who chronicles everything wrong with the Globe story, including the fact it implies he's in either marketing or advertising, which he's not. Also, it's your basic "he said/she said" story, i.e., it has one person saying Twitter's wonderful and another person saying it sucks. Also, as is so often the case with the Globe, there aren't any links to the people and posts the story quotes.
Perhaps CC or Steve could buy the reporter one of Lori Magno's sterling frail whale pendants.
Chris Monks manages to get word out that his blog has been captured by Somali pirates:
...Pirates eating all my food and teasing cat.