Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The State of the Sports Media

We don't pretend to be a media outlet, we're just 3 morons who enjoy exercising our First Amendment rights and try to have as much fun as possible while doing it. We don't take much offense to people ripping bloggers as "losers who live in their parent's basement" and every other dumb description some people use to disparage those who express their thoughts on this scary place called "the internet."

That being said, there's always been an interesting dynamic between the mainstream media and bloggers (successful ones at least - not so much small blogs like this site). The basic crux of the issue is that certain members of the media feel threatened by the fact that people who aren't "trained journalists" can actually cover sports - and God forbid - do a good job. There's some crazy notion that if you didn't go to journalism school, you are incapable of commenting in writing about a sporting event. It's scary, but true.

Look, the internet has completely changed the face of the news business - print media is hemorrhaging money, newspapers are cutting staff and the information in magazines is ancient compared to what info you can gather on your screen in what is practically real time. People who get paid to do this are under pressure from their bosses and frankly, we get it. Without the media, doing this site would be a lot more difficult - we need the fuel they provide to give us something to talk about.

It's also true that people write some stupid shit on their sites - this one included. However, I've read my fair share of flat out retarded sports stories and columns over the years too - just because you're pulling a check, it doesn't make you any good as a writer. However, the attitude that's displayed towards some talented people who happen to write on the internet - guys like Will Leitch at Deadspin - and the people over at the Big Lead - is flat out absurd, and it was on display last night when Bob Costas held a live “State of the Sports Media” panel . What is clear from the reports of what occurred is that some people just don't get it - and never will.

If you are interested in this stuff, the Big Lead has an excellent recap of what happened, and of course, Will Leitch provided his feedback after getting ambushed on the show as well.

The only thing I can equate this attitude towards is like when your grandfather was afraid to use the ATM - stating only a teller was qualified to give him his money. Of course, grandpa didn't wage war on the ATM to try and save the job of his favorite teller.

UPDATE: For the record, I'd like to state that we're lucky to have the beat writers we do covering SU sports, both the kids from the Daily Orange and as well as the writers from the Post Standard, as commenting on Syracuse is a huge part of this blog and these people are talented and do a fine job. Also, head over to Awful Announcing for a ton of good stuff on this issue - including video of the proceedings.

1 comment:

Poncho Sinatra said...

The only thing I can equate this attitude towards is like when your grandfather was afraid to use the ATM - stating only a teller was qualified to give him his money. Of course, grandpa didn't wage war on the ATM to try and save the job of his favorite teller.

CLASSIC!!

Danny
TheSportHump