John Kass:

Chicago Tribune reporters work in difficult and sometimes dangerous conditions. They do not blog from mommy’s basement, cutting and pasting what others have reported, while putting it under a cute pen name on the Internet.

I’m still not really sure what the purpose of this sort of whinging is. Yes, there are a lot of shitty bloggers, some of whom use pen names, and some of whom presumably blog from basements. Before shitty blogs there were shitty usenet groups and listservs, and before that there were shitty zines, forever and ever amen. The vast majority of every form of communication isn’t very good, be it writing or music or movies or etc., and the wider you expand your scope the higher the crap piles up. So as far as that goes, whatever.

But this part seems profoundly silly: