Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Burghosphere past Burghosphere future

Not long ago I mused in passing that the Burghosphere might be content-challenged in the wake of Pat Ford's (remember him?) final resignation. I was joking for the record, or so I thought. You have to admit there has been a rapid culling in the greater Burghosphere as documented well by the main stream media today. I know content is not said to be the reason for most blog-ends, but you have to wonder if my subconscious was more prescient that it appeared. It also is just a tad odd that the Burghosphere gets more dedicated ink in its demise than it ever got before. Maybe some subconscious schadenfreude on the part of our friends wielding the lithograph?


Blogger Yale Class of 1983 said...

It can't be a coincidence that it is Dennis Roddy, the best writer on the P-G's payroll and one who is too infrequently by-lined in the paper, noting the departure of two of the best writers in the Burghosphere: Chad Hermann and PittGirl. The three of them share two things that are notably absent in Pittsburgh's MSM: a writerly sensibility and a willingness to embrace controversy with intelligence and wit. Agree or disagree with them, and many do (or did), they were fun to read. You can't often say that about the Post-Gazette. If there's schadenfreude at the paper, and I hope that there isn't, then things at the paper are worse than we all thought.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 9:01:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

My friend, Dennis spoke of three blogoluminaries and the third was not himself. :-)

No joke though on who got the assignment. Maybe we can get Mr. Roddy to comment on how that came about.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 9:32:00 PM  
Blogger O said...

Just means everyone has to work harder now.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 10:19:00 PM  
Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

Not to take anything away from our dearly departed bloggers, but between you and your readers and me: sure they love people who are done. Can't say enough about them! What about people who are doing it.

Now. As to your wild and unsubstantiated speculations. I give you maybe one out of three. I am not alarmed.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 12:44:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Wild and unsubstantiated? I didn't voice what I really am wondering about. But since the media has touched on this, it's worth mentioning something else.

With all due respect to Dennis R., Eric H. at the Trib actually treats this at least a bit more like a news story today. He asked around and got this expert quote:

Paul Stephens of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse in San Diego theorized that PittGirl might have fallen victim to data mining. "She may have given her readers small pieces of information about herself that were seemingly innocuous when taken individually,"

Which has me thinking a bit. The whole issue of privacy on the web, and the use of anonymity cuts lots of ways and has been debated a bit though it isn't exactly what I want to get into right now. But something in the back of my head on this. It was a fairly obsessive and knowledgeable bit of forensic blogging that deconstructed Alecia's blog for those who remember the details. I'm not connecting those two things directly. But that and some other past evidence of information warfare in the Burghosphere seem to me a bit more than idle hobby. I just wonder a bit not so much how much effort went into finding PittGirl... but what form, just how veiled, and mostly with what ultimate purpose, that information was conveyed back to her.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 7:51:00 AM  
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