You’d think old media would learn from its mistakes. Oh and they do make mistakes in print, on air, all to often. Yet they point the finger at bloggers for their failings.
This month in Adelaide Tasting Australia re-ran the Out of the frying pan panel that ran at the Melbourne Food festival earlier this year (when I proposed an alternative festival). At the time a few of us were critical as it didn’t really say much about blogs on the agenda and there were no bloggers on the panel. It turned out the Food Fest’s creative director Matt Preston had invited me although somehow the invitation didn’t arrive.
Luckily Leena from Leena Eats this Blog, who is studying gastronomy in Adelaide and writing a paper on the impact of food blogs on traditional journalism (interestingly a student interviewed me on the same subject last week), was at the lastest Frying pan gab:
“I was taken aback at the amount of passion put into describing these so-called faults of food blogs.”
Just as the old media commentators don’t really engage or with blogs I’m quite glad I don’t engage with these one-sided events.
Their opinions can only be described as uneducated and badly formed and they don’t really understand anything of the dynamics of social media, as Leena says:
“So the general comments from the panel tended to focus on the negative side of food blogs, including the lack of editing, lack of knowledge, lack of fact checking. One person actually said something to the effect of, if you want to know where your information is coming from and if it is true, you won