Mitch Joel today points us to a Canada.com article which ended up on the cover of the Montreal Gazette today. Quoting Michael Keren, a professor from the University of Calgary, whose random anecdotes are supported by the fact that he has a degree and absolutely no blog whatsoever:
Bloggers think of themselves as rebels against mainstream society, but that rebellion is mostly confined to cyberspace, which makes blogging as melancholic and illusionary as Don Quixote tilting at windmills […]
Keren has recently published a book titled Blogosphere: The New Political Arena. The cover of the book, which I would suggest you take a look at, shows an alien in a suit and tie, sitting at a computer terminal. This is no doubt to pile on the pejorative nature of the tome, as well as the insult to the people who had the grace to speak with him.
Hey, Michael Keren, lean in when you read this, because I really want your attention: This Blog gets over twenty-thousand unique visitors a month – and that doesn’t include people who are grabbing it through RSS subscription feeds or the thousands of downloads the Six Pixels of Separation – The Twist Image Podcast gets. I have a hunch that more people will visit this Blog in one month than the total number of sales of your book, globally… ever.
Mitch isn’t the only one. As Keren does his best to deceive the public into believing his fabrication that bloggers are introverted, solitary losers, bloggers are in fact exerting increasing amounts of influence over the ivory tower Keren happens to be rotting in. No wonder he’s defensive.