The blogs that cover the tech industry — with rumors and fact
Darlin writes, “But seeking credibility may be a less-important strategy for the blogs at this stage. Mr. Arrington, a lawyer, is quick to point out that he has no journalism training. He is at ease, even high-minded, in explaining the decisions to print unverified rumors.
“Mr. Arrington and the other bloggers see this not as rumor-mongering, but as involving the readers in the reporting process. One mission of his site, he said, is to write about the things a few people are talking about, ‘the scuttlebutt around Silicon Valley.’ His blog will often make clear that heâ€™s passing along a thinly sourced story.
“He did agonize a bit before publishing the post about Twitter and Apple. In fact, he waited five hours. But in the end, he decided, ‘it was interesting and it didnâ€™t hurt anyone to write about it.’
“TechCrunch, with about five million monthly visitors, dominates rival blogs, which Mr. Arrington disparages. (And they do the same to his.) But he doesnâ€™t think of sites like Gawker or All Things Digital as competitors. He has his eyes set on The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. (And he disparages both.)”
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