Amen. Brilliant post from MG Siegler, former Techcrunch writer. Content Everywhere, But Not A Drop To Drink.
Some of my favorite tidbits here.
The problem is systemic. Print circulation is dying and pageviews are all that matter in keeping advertisers happy. This means, whether writers like it or not, there’s an underlying drive for both sensationalism and more — more — more.
Read the stories that are published in the tech blogosphere tomorrow. Are most published because the writer put in a lot of work or original thought? No, most are published because more — more — more content leads to more — more — more pageviews.
Most are stories written with little or no research done. They’re written as quickly as possible. The faster the better. Most are just rehashing information that spread by some other means. But that’s great, it means stories can be written without any burden beyond the writer having to read a little bit and type words fast. Many are written without the writer even having to think.
Press eat that shit up because they’re easy posts that are pre-packaged and require little thought. And the end result are Tweets/comments/Facebook posts about how “awesome” the story is. Dopamine! Backslaps all around! Everyone happy!
Well said MG. Beautifully done.