Forbes Sucks

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Attack of the Forbes

Blogs are a threat to business, the cover story, Attack of the Blogs, in the Nov. 14, 2005 issue of Forbes reveals.

After telling a horror story about a man who's business was hounded by a blogger, the article goes on to uncritically list other blogs that are an annoyance to businesses. The problem, of course, is that many businesses deserve the scrutiny that blogs are giving, including some of those that Forbes cites.

One prominent example is Groklaw, which has taken up the task of keeping the opensource community informed of SCO's attempt to co-opt and privatize Linux, and coordinate volunteers' efforts to protect Linux. Groklaw provides an invaluable service.

But this is what Forbes has to say about Groklaw:

One blog, Groklaw, exists primarily to bash software maker SCOGroup in its Linux patent lawsuit against IBM, producing laughably biased, pro-IBMcoverage
The only real point of this laughably biased, anti-blog article seems to be, "damn that First amendment, can't we go back to the days when you had to pay in order to have your say? And who are those little people nipping at my ankles." The problem, of course, is the people Forbes writes for only want democracy if they can own it, lock, stock & barrel.

There is a peril that they'll try to muzzle us, but for now at least, it looks like the future belongs to us, and in that future, the dinosaur media is nothing but an oil slick in the road.


At 6:53 PM, Blogger Mark Casey said...

Forbes has really screwed up here...

As the dominant voice of rich, fat, corporate hacks, Forbes speaks for the most unscrupulous profit-mongers in the "free" world--though it won't be free long if they have anything to say about it.

And what is that voice saying now? They are afraid. They're afraid of a loosely-knit gang of thugs known as "bloggers," and they're admitting the enormous power we in the blogosphere posess by trying to stamp us out.

You don't devote this type of time and suggest that companies devote their money to something that's not a threat.

And since blogs will obviously never go away, any more than someone who doesn't shop at WalMart because it "feels dirty" (eg. Me), Forbes and their top 100 have already admitted defeat.

Way to go, corporate America. Once again you convey style and grace.

At 7:00 PM, Blogger Mark Casey said...

Let's please keep this blog going. I'm going to do a large part in promoting it. I want it to show up in Forbes magazine next month.

At 10:05 PM, Blogger David Gallardo said...

A guess I was a little glib when I said elsewhere that I didn't give a shit about Forbes and wouldn't be following up anymore than this initial post, which was a response to the article.

For one thing, there is certainly some history to the Groklaw & Forbes connection, and I'll try to follow up on that.

So I agree, I'll keep this going. Get in touch with me, madcasey, if you want to join in.

At 12:57 PM, Blogger steven edward streight said...

I spit on the grave of the MSM.

Hurry up and die Forbes, and all other psycho-capitalist Mammonist money-worship consumer fraud entities.

Bloggers, rise up and make the MSM feel our WRATH.

Destroy. Destroy. Destroy.

At 3:53 PM, Blogger Christopher Locke said...

Oh... were we causing some inadvertent damage to businesses? Oh gosh. It wasn't intentional. Was it, gang? No. No way. We're sorry. We won't do it again. Ever. Promise. We'll be good. Please don't hurt us.


Post a Comment

<< Home