When I started out as a tech blogger, I was pretty green but didn’t realize it. I thought that because I had been following tech news closely for a couple years, I was all set. I thought I knew what I was talking about. Five years later, I look back and many of my old posts and cringe. How could I not know this? And this? And that?
My single greatest asset as a tech blogger now is context. If something happens with Apple tomorrow, I’ll be able to weigh in in a compelling way because I know much of the history of the company. The same is true with a handful of other companies.
But big tech blogs want it all. They want writers to cover news that they’re in no way qualified to cover. That’s why there’s so much re-writing. It’s not so much laziness, it’s just the only way some people can quickly do homework on a story — “well this guy said this, so it must be true.” Unfortunately, it’s often this type of re-blogging all the way down.
And no one stops it because the way the system currently works, speed and pageviews matter much more than accuracy.
Dash is dead-on here. It’s another way of framing the point I was trying to make here.