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Too legit to quit? Bloggers pushing for mainstream respect

(WARNING: extreme inside-baseball logistical blog talk ahead) If there’s anything that’s a sign of our times in the shifting journalism landscape, it’s the increasing amount of indignation (and sense of right) bloggers have been expressing at being uncredited when they feel credit is due. Is this a sign that what was once-considered a parasitic medium has now reached a level of legitimacy that it is now suffering from parasites of its own? Yes, according to this inside-baseball but illuminating spat on Brownstoner over what Mr. B said was an uncredited scoop on the Whole Foods Brooklyn news:

Brownstoner,

quotation-icon.jpgSo you fancy yourself a member of the media now? That’s a laugh. Sit around copying and pasting links all day from actual newspapers and you feel you deserve to be included amongst reputable publications that actually put in work and report the news? Your site offers absolutely nothing of value in terms of news and only exists to help your boyhood UES Manhattan pals sell overpriced real estate.

Go to school, work hard, and get a real job if it’s respect and recognition you crave. Or at least hire writers who know how to formulate sentences. Posting links to other people’s work does not make you part of the media. You write a blog and you run a dirty flea market. You’re no different than the other 100,000 yuppies who’ve moved to Brooklyn in the past decade. You’re quite far from being part of the media elite in this town.

Keep up the good work.

— Posted by EnglishKills in Here’s the New Whole Foods Rendering

The original Brownstoner post that caused the spat:

After we broke the news yesterday of Whole Foods’ decision to go ahead with plans to build on a contaminated lot in Gowanus, Crain’s followed up half an hour later with a story of its own. And while neglecting to give our post a hat-tip, the business paper did come up with some interesting original content: This rendering. Neato.

Interesting to note: EnglishKills appears to be a regular and interactive commentator on the Brownstoner site for the past two years, so this comment seems out of the blue (also: the BK Flea is probably the cleanest flea market I’ve ever seen, but that’s another topic).

The comment created an interesting back and forth among commentators. It’s most likely Crain’s had a story about Whole Foods in its pocket well before the Brownstoner post (it has been big news and followed closely around Brooklyn for years now). But it’s also likely a Crain’s staffer did see the Brownstoner post first: the site (and its reporting) has become an indispensable resource for real estate news. Even so, I imagine Mr. B had half his tongue in his check when typing that post as a snarky swipe on the still-trenchant resistance of traditional media to site new media as the source of a news tip.  Continue reading

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Content is king, and everyone wants the crown

on a week of dealing with blog piracy

Blog pirates are on the move

Content piracy: not just for MSM any more! (foto via GayGamer)

One of the most common slights against the blogosphere (that word itself now somewhat of a slight as it segregates blogs into a shady lawless bubble separate from polite media society) is that bloggers are a parasitic bunch who take the output of hardworking journalists and adorn it with their own commentary, snark, derision, insights or, occasionally, supplemental information. This happens, as the trope goes, while bloggers concurrently deride the value of traditional media such as the Times and CNN, throwing hand grenades of viral discontent at the very hands that feed them (for no charge too).

This is no doubt true in many cases. The vampiric media syndrome is the bane of journalists who watch people tear their work to shreds on the internet, knowing full well that bloggers would have nothing to talk about if the New York Times, WSJ and so forth suddenly stopped publishing. Even on a large-scale, successful blog site, such as Gothamist, I’m not a fan. The Gothamist model essentially rounds up the interesting news items from the Times, Post, Daily News, NY1 and others and summarizes it for their audiences, adding a level of humor, snark or commentary (which is admittedly lacking from the big sources) and repackaging it in a more attractive way for the blog-savvy masses. Continue reading

blog piracy? [Jaws music]

Wholesale blog post repurposing? The noive!

http://blogs.city.com/brooklyn/brokelyn-discount-at-bk-heights-cinema/

[UPDATE: 4:05 pm: looks like they’ve taken down the Brokleyn content, but stuff from the other blogs still remains. They’ve hit some stuff in other cities too, such as SF’s Streetsbloghttp://blogs.city.com/sanfrancisco/candlelight-vigil-pays-tribute-to-bicyclist-killed-by-drunken-driver-in-sf/ and QueensCrap http://blogs.city.com/queens/photographing-helen/]

I mean, c’mon — the entire post? Not cool, brah. We weren’t alone of course:

Brownstoner: http://blogs.city.com/brooklyn/building-of-the-day-539-eastern-parkway/

Brooklyn Based: http://blogs.city.com/brooklyn/bookends-sponsored-post/

Greenpointers: http://blogs.city.com/brooklyn/quickie-calexico-coming-to-greenpoint/

and the others too.

The site seems to contain no original content, and has no “About” page.  So is this a ravenous site posing as an aggregator, with robotic levels of anonymity? Don’t think we can’t find you.

From their April launch release:

City.com Media, is a New York City based LLC that connects consumers with local businesses. The company earns revenues through search and display advertising, and will offer premium commercial services directly to businesses. City.com’s direct competitors include IAC’s CitySearch, Yelp, and Zagat.

From their terms agreement:

You hereby grant City and its affiliates a worldwide, non-exclusive, fully paid-up, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, fully sub licensable, and fully transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, modify, adapt, prepare derivative works of, incorporate into other works, display, perform, and otherwise exploit Your Content for any purpose, including without limitation promoting and redistributing part or all of the Site (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels now known or later developed (“Downstream Distributions”).

Stay tuned kids. This could get fun.

Michael Bahlitzanakis, or something, at left

UPDATE 12:19 am: The site is owned by this guy — the one on the left — Michael Bahlitzanakis, a “serial entrepreneur, domainer and now developer,” according to (no joke):  DomainNameNews.com.

He’s the owner of BPHG Media, which has more than 4,000 “premium generics,” including weblog.com, city.com, prices.com and cellphones.com.

In the release, Bahlitzanakis says: “Our strategy has never wavered since our inception. We believe long-term value appreciation has always been expressed in the development of individual domain-independent businesses.”

MORE: Content is king, and everyone wants the crown

The blogeoise ain’t broke

Best comment from the Brokelyn end-of-summer party yesterday:

We were playing the guess-which-wine-is-cheapest game (like broke people do), when editor Faye was suddenly shocked at the lavish price on one of the reds.

“Eight dollars?” she said. “What is this, a Brownstoner party?”

OH SNAP!

Yes, this is the nerdiest insider BK blog joke ever. But it’s still fun to laugh at the blogeoise every now and then (and yes, this makes us the blogletariat).

Here’s some profiles of a few of the blogs that turn a profit, though still not a huge one, unless you are Perez Hilton, in which case, please choke on some pink hair dye (not to death, mind you, just to a level of extreme discomfort, because I don’t doubt that Perez actually works hard to keep his site going, it’s just that his subject matter makes my head feel like it’s infested with bed bugs).