Blogs Being Used to Shed Light on Private Issues

It seems to me lately that a trend that I am sure started a long time ago has been growing as of late, with many high level blogs using their sites as a way to bring to light issues that should be handled privately.

The latest example is on TechCrunch, a blog that some people loath, and other laud with a post about plagarism, entitled “DEMO v. TechCrunch50 Takes A Nasty Turn With Charges Of Plagiarism” where Michael Arrington airs his dirty laundry in hopes of making DEMO look bad.

I find such posts uncalled for and I hope they become extremely unpopular as such issues should be held in private, rather than becoming a contest of “who has the biggest audience”.

Are we, as a blog reading audience so interested in controversy and gossip that these types of posts bring in a high level of traffic, provoking site owners to continue to publish such information?

I really wish people would stop using their blogs as a way to blow private issues out of proportion. Sensationalism can be a great tool, but it can also taint the overall brand of a site, and I know quite a few people that would consider TechCrunch to be a tainted brand.

Respect is a two way street, and by publishing such articles, you are only displaying a lack of respect that is all too common in the blogosphere currently.

Am I wrong? Let me know in the comments below.

3 thoughts on “Blogs Being Used to Shed Light on Private Issues

  1. David Peralty Post author

    True, but it doesn’t make it right. If blogs ever want to be taken seriously as a business, they need to make sure they have editorial guidelines, rather than airing their dirty laundry as they see fit.

  2. Kevin Muldoon

    Michael Arrington does frequently discuss things which perhaps should be discussed privately. I’m a hypocrite in some respects with this kind of thing…I do agree they should be dealt with privately but it does occasionally turn out to be an interesting debate.

    I guess there’s a fine line. I’ve wrote some posts in the past which I should have probably have sorted out privately.

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