As a result, here is an interesting article to read:
The Myth Of The Parasitic Bloggers by Glenn Greenwald.
I seldom agree with Mr. Greenwald. But once in a blue moon, he gets it right.
Maureen Dowd's wholesale, uncredited copying of a paragraph written by Josh Marshall (an act Dowd has now admitted) -- for what I yesterday called her "uncharacteristically cogent and substantive column"-- highlights a point I've been meaning to make for awhile. One of the favorite accusations that many journalists spout, especially now that they're searching for reasons why newspapers and print magazines are dying, is that bloggers and other online writers are "parasites" on their work -- that their organizations bear the cost of producing content and others (bloggers and companies such as Google) then unfairly exploit it for free.
The Dowd plagiarism incident has brought to light why the traditional print press is not overly enthused with bloggers. The irony is that many in that profession have called bloggers parasites, while it is they who have all too often used bloggers without crediting them. It's just not overly noticeable unless someone uses exact quotes, like Dowd did.
Ideas and concepts can always be reworded to make the traditional journalist look like the brain and with the traditional platform. I have suspected this here at PYY in the past. The difference between some bloggers and myself is, I don't care. I do not do this for monetary gain or for notoriety, therefore I care little what people do unless they are doing it in a wholesale fashion so as to take hits away from me.
Here at PYY, I have taken pride in using original thoughts, generated from reading stories or other opinion pieces. I link to those articles frequently and take no credit for what is said in them. But many times I do expound on them, adding to the mix. I also call something BS, when I feel it is warranted. All of this is covered under my right to freedom of speech.