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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Michael Skube: 'Beware! Bloggers are Everywhere!'

The winner of this week's coveted Doody-Head Award goes to Professor Michael Skube

The winner of this week's coveted Doody-Head Award goes to Professor Michael Skube. He has recently written an opinion piece titled, "Blogs: All the noise that fits". He warns that, "Bloggers now are everywhere among us," and states that, "The blogosphere is the loudest corner of the Internet, noisy with disputation, manifesto-like postings and an unbecoming hatred of enemies real and imagined."

He is greatly dismayed that bloggers do their vile profession for no money, and laughs at the concept that some bloggers consider themselves "a new kind of 'citizen journalist' dedicated to broader democratization."

Skube tirelessly points out that journalists provide facts, while bloggers only provide opinions. (The irony of the fact that he said this in an opinion piece is not lost on this author.)

He does acknowledge that it was a blogger that first reported on the national disgrace that took place at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, but goes on to say that it was the Washington Post's painstaking reports that were truly important, and not what any blogger said.

Skube points out why journalists like himself are so much more relevant than petty bloggers by saying the following, "[...] the full scope of that story could not have been undertaken by a blogger or, for that matter, an Op-Ed columnist, whose interest is in expressing an opinion quickly and pungently. Such a story demanded time, thorough fact-checking and verification and, most of all, perseverance. It's not something one does as a hobby."

He goes out of his way to mention that the reporting done by the Washington Post about Walter Reed Army Medical Center has won a Pulitzer Prize. The only problem with this statement is that the Post hasn't won a Pulitzer prize for it's reporting on Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Clearly his "thorough fact-checking and verification" only applies to other journalists, and not himself.

One thing that I find particularly doody-headed about Skube is that he is a Professor of communications at ELON University, and yet he finds the unique and dynamic changes in the way we view communications that blogging has created in the last few years as some kind of threat to journalism, and yet has nothing else to say on the subject. (In the field of communications, blogging is about a whole lot more than just news.) This alone would qualify the professor as a doody-head award recipient in my opinion.

I first read about Michael Skube in a post by John Amato over at Crooks and Liars, who points out that the the Skubemeister bashes blogs that he now admits that he doesn’t even read. Previous winners of the coveted Doody-Head Award were Richard Schickel and Robert Novak [ 2 ].

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At Wed Aug 22, 10:13:00 AM, Blogger Liberality said...

How hilarious! All the faults of traditional journalism on display in this opinion piece by doo-doo head.

At Wed Aug 22, 11:48:00 AM, Blogger Chris said...

We've all witnessed the wonders of "professional journalism" these last few years. They did provide us with a really keen war, I suppose.

Skube can get bent. He just revealed what an ass he is.

At Wed Aug 22, 11:52:00 AM, Blogger Station Agent said...

Hey Doc. I look forward to the day when these kinds of polemics completely vanish. So silly.

At Wed Aug 22, 12:04:00 PM, Blogger angry ballerina said...

The irony is really kinda nauseating. When are people going to just STOP fucking BITCHING? God.

At Wed Aug 22, 12:41:00 PM, Blogger Swinebread said...


At Wed Aug 22, 01:55:00 PM, Blogger Splotchy said...

I just recently saw the Bill Moyers special on the mainstream media's extremely poor handling of the runup to the Iraq war.

Whenever making comparisons between any two distinct entities, it's probably a good idea to not make assumptions about either.

At Wed Aug 22, 03:35:00 PM, Blogger Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Guys like them will never get it.

At Wed Aug 22, 03:40:00 PM, Blogger Mark said...

This is starting to be a pattern, isn't it. First that Williams guy griping about Vinny in the Bronx ...even an article in the NYer whining about bloggers ... What is it, fight or flight response? They best start flyin' cuz their fightin' appears to me to be quite lame. There are lots of blogs out there, and if a blog is doo-doo, people ain't gonna read it. That's the beauty of it, as I see it. If a blog strikes a chord, then readers go back to it. The blogoshpere, in some senses, is a meritocracy, not a boughtandpaidfortocracy, like the MSM.

At Wed Aug 22, 06:28:00 PM, Blogger Evil Spock said...

When Evil Spock abolishes all forms of media in 2012, the bloggers will reign over their bloody corpses.

At Wed Aug 22, 08:47:00 PM, Blogger Jess Wundrun said...

he's a doody head with corn.

At Wed Aug 22, 09:15:00 PM, Anonymous StonyPillow said...

The Eloi have gotten the Journamalism professor they deserve.

At Wed Aug 22, 09:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Mr. Skube teaches where? Oh that's right , Elon College, where from what I remember growing up near there has nothing resembling a serious journalism department. I do remember a rather voluminous PennySaver broadsheet that circulated the neighborhood. Perhaps that's where he cut his teeth.

At Wed Aug 22, 10:03:00 PM, Anonymous Omnipotent Poobah said...

Dear Professor,

Those who can, do...those who can't are professors.

Your Pal,

At Thu Aug 23, 05:50:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Liberality: Yes! He certainly has managed to display all of his failings in basket.

Chris: Yes, if it weren't for bloggers many stories would never see the light of day! And the selling of the war is just one example of the shame of modern "professional journalism."

Station Agent: Hey! Polemics and false arguments are my meat n' potatoes!

angry ballerina: It's like a non-stop hangover that just keeps puking and puking...

Swinebread: Hey, I really like your blog, Atomic Romance! And what a cool logo! You are are so blogrolled!

Splotchy: I saw that Bill Moyers special. It was scary as hell. The mainstream media has failed us on several occasions. On the other hand, there are still people like Bill Moyers. We can't throw the baby out with the bath water.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein: Nope. And that is why he proudly wears the doody-head of distinction.

Mark: That has got to be the best quote I have read on the internet all week, "The blogoshpere, in some senses, is a meritocracy, not a boughtandpaidfortocracy, like the MSM." Simply brilliant! And there is a lot of truth to that.

Evil Spock: Uh, bloggers are a form of media. And if you abolish all forms of media in 2012, how am I going to watch my old Star Trek and X-Files reruns? Why don't you just abolish FOX News?

Jess Wundrun: Ack! LOL! What an image! Instead of the order of the oak leaf cluster, which denotes those who have received "more than one bestowal of a particular decoration." The Doody Head Award with Corn Clusters denotes more than one ridiculous assertion in one foolish missive!

StonyPillow: I always thought that the Eloi were a bunch of morons. They deserve to get eaten by the FOX News Morlocks.

Morse: LOL! Perhaps that rather voluminous PennySaver broadsheet that circulated your neighborhood was indeed Professor Skube's claim to fame. I had to refrain from making a reference to the nickname Shaggy gave to Scooby Doo. Remember? Shaggy used to call him "Scoob."

Omnipotent Poobah: That's right! As Woody Allen said, "Those who can't do, Teach. And those that can't teach, teach gym." Or communications at ELON University!

At Thu Aug 23, 07:31:00 AM, Blogger Darwin's Dagger said...

The dumb ass mainstream media is doing more for the bloggers by talking about them then they would if they just ignored them. Now people are going to get curious to see what the fuss is all about. That fuckwit Bill O'Reilly is the Blogosphere's best friend.

At Sat Aug 25, 02:32:00 PM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

I think you are right. They act as reverse advertising!


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