Ok this dog refuses to die (Texan term I think) … so the recent controversy is pivoted around this "blog post" – titled "SeeNReport.com Applies for Knights News Challenge Award" written at CIO Pakistan, which is an official publication within the IDG Network.
I called out on this earlier that "under no definition of News is this news", and that this shows a bit of bias towards that particular company…. especially considering that I know of 7 other companies locally who applied to the grant too but no one really wanted such coverage. I also commented there to ask them about this story.
But forget for a second who wrote this, or why (frankly all I know is "admin" wrote it).
I want to debate a comment reply made by the admin, copied below:
admin on November 12th, 2008 1:16 pm
@Osama – Thanks for stopping by. Ummm… it actually isn’t “news”, especially since it has been posted under the “blog” category. – Secondly, …..
If you like, we can re-publish this in the “news” category and we can have this discussion all over again.
I dont really even care about that story in particular (hence I’ve removed some of the text from the comment)… I just want you guys (yes, ALL OF YOU) to explain to me why being in the "blog" category is different from being in the "news" category.
I’m more than certainly missing something about how "blogs" are defined in this country… because it looks like just like every other thing, our definition doesnt match the definition of… I dunno the REST of the world!
Is a "blog" another synonym for "I can say whatever I want without any professional credence? Or are they just supposed to be someone’s opinion and hence not supposed to be taken seriously?
Thats funny because at INJO5 at Stanford I dont remember anyone – including the chief editor of GigaOm, VentureBeat, Vint Cerf, and about 300 other professionals from media and tech industries – say that blogs are just something to ignore or discard because its just someones personal opinion?
My view is that you *could* have a blog that is solely for someone’s personal opinion, but (1) it has to be clear on the website WHO that person is (2) none of those personal opinions should be aggregated into the front page of the website along with all the other news items, which CIOPakistan.com IS doing, and hence IS expecting its audience to treat that blog post seriously.
Also, I personally really dont think blogs are just something to consider lightly… they’re not "opinions" but "perspectives" written from a first-person type informal prose. There is a big, big, difference between the two.
But, heck… seems like I dont know much about New Media…right?
So why dont you all tell me what blogs are supposed to be in Pakistan so that we can all on the same page here.