Yesterday a number of our crack, ace, super social media guru blogger experts when all a-twitter announcing that Google had chosen Asheville in its “google fiber initiative,” linking to the blog announcing the win, and giving themselves whooo-hooos and high fives.
I did a quick search in Google, under “google fiber initiative,” (10 sec) and saw a WP story dated 3/29 stating the selection would happen sometime in the Fall (took 60 sec to peruse). April Fools! And yet, I was watching this start to go viral. A perfect example of the “journalistic” technique of expert “bloggers.” Perhaps the question is not whether they think they are journalists, but why? I know pop culture is allowing people such as Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh to define themselves as such – though they are actually just entertainers paid to incite, demean and espouse rhetoric – but, before we call bloggers journalists, or they call themselves that, let’s ask them what they use for source material. Their friends tweets?
At least it wasn’t Swiftboating. Now THAT was journalism!
PS I’m still waiting to see the “Mea Culpas” from the bloggers on the April Fool’s joke.
Study: 52 Percent Of Bloggers Consider Themselves Journalists.