The revelations in the Rob Ford scandal (disgraced Mayor of Toronto) show that there remains still a need for a vibrant newspaper industry in our democracy. These blogs we write cannot replace professionals.
At best, what bloggers write is opinion. At worst it is uninformed opinion. The slide from best to worst begins when we believe that anyone (besides ourselves) really cares about what we think. Face it folks, this is an online diary, a rant, a huff and a puff. If we're lucky, very lucky, it is of value to someone.
I was dismayed to see a colleague present her well informed and respected opinion on the sales practices of our peers in a decidedly negative fashion in her blog. I was horrified to see that she named the offenders by company and individual.
I've never been a fan of that.
Look, we all have opinions on how others in our industry could do it better. Joyfully, albeit rarely, we are thrilled to be in the company of individuals who inspire us by their excellence. We can learn from the good and bad alike.
All I'm saying is, let's celebrate the superstars, but don't name and shame the underperformers.