Many people have never visited a blog much less a blog search engine. The mainstream media, in this case the Chicago Tribune, is trying to maintain relevancy by creating things that look like blogs but truly aren’t. They don’t have trackbacks, links to relevant articles, are cold, sterile, have no outbound links and as we’ve seen from Boing Boing. Some national newspapers plagerize and recycle content that started on blogs. It’s a sad state of affairs.
But why pay people to frequently repurpose content as their own? Why not remove these middlemen entirely? If you really want to have a network of blogs, why not give local bloggers revenue to post their content directly as a blog hub?
Aaron Wall discusses the link and arbitrage issues in this unique post. Scott Karp also raises interesting questions.