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Posted June 22, 2009
State of Online "Journalism"
If you have ever studied sociology, then you know once a human population gets too big without regulation, chaos will ensue. It is important to have boundaries because it?s just human nature that we will test those boundaries. If there are no boundaries, we will then seek power and act out whether it?s morally or ethically right or wrong.
I really feel like the Internet has turned a corner this year when it comes to sports journalism, namely pertaining to football.
If you are an NFL insider, you?re the cream of the crop. Let?s be honest, we really don?t care that much about baseball or basketball. Outside of Peter Gammons, which baseball journalist comes to the top of your head? Basketball? Exactly.
I think it all started when NFLDraftBible.com (whom I hope gets sued this year) reported that Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews tested positive for steroids. They also said Vontae Davis and B.J. Raji tested positive for marijuana. All were cleared in late April, but it seriously damaged their reputation in the public eye despite the fact that they were all first-round picks.
Sports Illustrated got into the fun too, saying Raji tested positive for drugs.
Both Draft Bible and SI apologized for the false reports, but they aren?t sorry.
Let?s face it, SI isn?t going anywhere. If they report something, I will still believe it?s true because they have built up so much credibility over the years.
Bible did this to boost the hits on their site. They were ranking in the 600,000+ range on Alexa before the incident, but they got the publicity they were looking for without any repercussions.
Now, let?s investigate Yahoo Sports who stood behind the mysterious Rick Schwartz, who had never reported anything anywhere, that Favre would stay retired. ?Favre is expected to publicly explain his decision soon,? what happened to this? By all indications, Favre will sign with the Minnesota Vikings it just seems like it is a matter of contract details.
Also, it?s important to note Walter and I have been plagiarized several times already this year for our articles on WalterFootball.com. You know the saying ?imitation is a form of flattery?? Yeah, it?s a bunch of B.S. Ask any girl who sees another girl at a party wearing the same dress. You will see the claws come out that night. ?Like, I?m so flattered you wore my dress - how CUUUUUUUUUUUTE LOL!!!!? That never happened.
This is the state of online sports journalism. You can report anything, anywhere, and there are absolutely no repercussions for false reporting.
Maybe there should be some kind of regulation online that all Web sites and people would have to adhere to if they wanted to post something to a Web page. There are problems with this. Who would run it? How would it generate revenue to support it? What would happen if you submitted a false report?
I guess this is just one negative aspect of the Internet and let?s face it, it was inevitable. As my introduction states, if there is no regulation, then chaos will ensue.
Hopefully, football fans (and people in general) aren?t so gullible in the future as to believe anything that is reported online. I think it?s imperative we all sit back and wait, only paying attention to the few credible reporters like Mike Florio, Michael Lombardi, and others of their ilk.