Sep 30, 2007

Did BlogTV spam or comment my Shelly Palmer post?



Someone from BlogTV commented on my post about vlogger Shelly Palmer, agreeing that he should cite his sources within his vlog, not just on his show notes. Then they went a step further, recommending a vlogger on their own site. (See video above)

"I agree, his news sources should be cited. Another great news vlogger is Steven Binko: http://www.blogtv.com/Shows/5878."
This came off to me as comment spam and made me wonder if this vlogger knew that BlogTV was recommending him. Or, is BlogTV being paid by this blogger to spread comment spam, like a PayPerPost for blog comments kind of thing?

My post BlogTV commented on was not about vloggers in general, but the topic of citing one's sources within the vlog episode itself.

And back to that topic...

I am noticing that podcasters, blogger and vloggers are taking content, citing sources, then profiting from the information those sources provided. Is this right?

Take the podcast Buzz Out Loud by CNET, for instance. They report on stories found both on their website and others. And they charge Earthlink (who is going broke trying to wireless-ize the nation) money to advertise on their show. So when they report on a stiry from the NYTimes, does the NYTimes get a cut of that Earthlink money? I've also noticed that CNET regularly posts direct links to articles from the NYTimes and other sources. They are giving credit in both these cases, but is it right for CNET (I am only using them as one example. There are many.), which creates news itself, to then go a step further and feature other organizations' news articles as it's own content? Because that's essentially what they are doing.

This is an open-ended debate. I haven't made up my mind as to how I feel, FYI.

1 comment:

blogTV said...

Sorry for the aforemetioned comment. I thought you may be interested in knowing about another news vlogger, but it's true that it wasn't relevant to the main topic you posted.

 
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