Sunday, April 6, 2008

Death By Blogging

From In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop By Matt Richtel:

They work long hours, often to exhaustion. Many are paid by the piece — not garments, but blog posts. This is the digital-era sweatshop. You may know it by a different name: home.

A growing work force of home-office laborers and entrepreneurs, armed with computers and smartphones and wired to the hilt, are toiling under great physical and emotional stress created by the around-the-clock Internet economy that demands a constant stream of news and comment.

Of course, the bloggers can work elsewhere, and they profess a love of the nonstop action and perhaps the chance to create a global media outlet without a major up-front investment. At the same time, some are starting to wonder if something has gone very wrong. In the last few months, two among their ranks have died suddenly.
If I suddenly stop writing this blog perhaps you’ll know the reason why. However, two people dying in the last few months does not seem like a very scientific study to me. I think that I agree with PalMD that this is a Stupid news story.

Given it’s recent history for fake news, I think that I’m more concerned about the New York Times self-destructing than I am about some blogger somewhere self-destructing.

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