Comments on: Felix Salmon smackdown watch http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/01/felix-salmon-smackdown-watch/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Affacturage http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/01/felix-salmon-smackdown-watch/comment-page-1/#comment-4323 Fri, 17 Jul 2009 11:19:12 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/01/felix-salmon-smackdown-watch/#comment-4323 Let’s face it: despite many people’s protestations to the contrary, too many folks have an automatic trust of government. When there is a problem, many of us don’t like to think of government as the problem but as the solution. Add to that the near phobia that many have about economics as business and what do we get? Pretty much what we have now: a government going billions of dollars IN debt in attempts to get the economy OUT of debt, We get a government doing such idiotic things as bailing out companies for whom bankruptcy is imminent and buying up banks.

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By: David Stern http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/01/felix-salmon-smackdown-watch/comment-page-1/#comment-3681 Sat, 04 Jul 2009 02:48:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/01/felix-salmon-smackdown-watch/#comment-3681 I think it is partly “graduate student syndrome” – thinking you have to be incomprehensible to sound smart. Bill Gross is an example of a finance writer who I have a hard time understanding and it’s not because of the financial jargon or concepts. If you combine that type of writing with a lot of jargon it will really be incomprehensible. Feel free to come and tell me that my blog is unintelligble :)

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By: Argel http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/01/felix-salmon-smackdown-watch/comment-page-1/#comment-3639 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 22:51:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/01/felix-salmon-smackdown-watch/#comment-3639 There are plenty of great blogs out there and I think it’s useful to have more technical ones and have ones that spend extra time explaining the details to the masses. I read different blgs foor various reasons. Krugman is hopefully obvious. Simon Johnson’s posts at The Baseline Scenario usually offer a different and insightul look at things, Brad Deong’s blog is worth reading just for the crash and burn MSM reports, etc. I think the real question is what do *you* want to do with *your* blog? The format and writing style seem fine to me.

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By: Sunset Shazz http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/01/felix-salmon-smackdown-watch/comment-page-1/#comment-3614 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 19:02:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/01/felix-salmon-smackdown-watch/#comment-3614 Calculated Risk does a great job of balancing the two – writing in English, yet explaining very abstruse concepts and not sacrificing depth of coverage. I know firsthand that it is read by both the layperson and professional. The problem with most “general reader” financial coverage is that it is far too shallow.

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By: Kevin http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/01/felix-salmon-smackdown-watch/comment-page-1/#comment-3581 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 17:10:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/01/felix-salmon-smackdown-watch/#comment-3581 Let’s start with a suggestion: You should ask your IT department if there is any way that a keyword parser can be added to your blog web application. That way, you can create a one-time repository of terms and acronyms along with definitions, further reading and links. Anytime you post a word that is in the “financial dictionary”, that word is automatically displayed as a link so that the reader can then click on it for more information. That way you can preserve the more technical nature of your articles while readers that are less financially literate can educate themselves.

Now I started to write a long rambling comment but it looks like most of the previous commenters share the same sentiment that I do.

In summary, Felix, don’t change your tone. You strike a great balance that not necessarily everyone will follow, but the people that cannot follow are probably not browsing the web for financial blogs anyway.

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By: Curmudgeon http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/01/felix-salmon-smackdown-watch/comment-page-1/#comment-3565 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 14:19:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/01/felix-salmon-smackdown-watch/#comment-3565 I confess that your recent posts on the CRA left me scratching my head because I wasn’t following the debate and simply didn’t recognize the term. Although I do know what the Community Reinvestment Act is. Surely you can spell out the subject of your posts once per post rather than always use an acronym.

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By: Ginger Yellow http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/01/felix-salmon-smackdown-watch/comment-page-1/#comment-3556 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 13:14:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/01/felix-salmon-smackdown-watch/#comment-3556 Bloomberg has a house style which basically requires them to explain every bit of jargon when they use it. For someone who actually knows the stuff (not to mention for the Bloomberg writers), it results in an incredibly painful prose style that breaks up the flow of a news story and makes it harder to find out what’s important.

I think there’s a very important role to be played by specialist bloggers/journalists writing about niche areas in terms that only people involved in finance can easily follow. As we’ve seen over the last few years, there are plenty of parts of finance that were black boxes to most people in the industry. It’s hugely important that non-specialists grapple with these black boxes, and they’re not going to be happy about having to wade through descriptions of a basis point or a currency swap in every post/article.

All that said, if you are writing for a general audience, then of course you should write in language the vast majority of your audience will understand. That’s journalism 101.

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By: Unsympathetic http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/01/felix-salmon-smackdown-watch/comment-page-1/#comment-3554 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 12:15:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/01/felix-salmon-smackdown-watch/#comment-3554 IMHO the top finance bloggers are Tyler Durden and Karl Denninger. However, Felix has much more experience interacting with mainstream media, so his voice is certainly essential as well. I am a fan of the Taibbi, but he needs a blog.

But Felix, never forget: Mankiw turned off comments on his blog — and not coincidentally his blog is grotesquely useless, except as an indicator of the Rethuglican lying (talking) point of the day.

Mainstream media (WaPo, CNBC) is far too slanted to be of any use other than lining the bottom of my parrot’s cage.

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By: Michael M http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/01/felix-salmon-smackdown-watch/comment-page-1/#comment-3548 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 08:19:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/01/felix-salmon-smackdown-watch/#comment-3548 The blogs I read talk to me like I’m an adult. And I don’t need to understand every word and reference in order to get it, just like you don’t need to run for your dictionary to translate every word when reading a book in a foreign language. Most MSM (especially TV) talk to me like I’m five years old, retarded and easily upset by the unconventional – especially on economic issues.

Great blogs, like yours, are what keeps my head from exploding on a daily basis.

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By: Kelli K http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/01/felix-salmon-smackdown-watch/comment-page-1/#comment-3533 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 03:01:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/01/felix-salmon-smackdown-watch/#comment-3533 I have no finance background but have, over the past few months, largely through the good graces of financial and econ bloggers like yourself, acquired a fair understanding of the current crisis, its causes, and where we are likely to go from here (no where good, it seems). For this I am deeply grateful.

I agree with Don: sites that allow free exchange are infinitely preferable to those that don’t or that seem to consist of 5 people hanging out at a coffee shop THEY OWN. Sheesh, that is annoying.

What annoys me even more than only understanding 40% of what a blogger says (take Zero Hedge, who I love but need to to treat like something written in French–gist only) is when cool New York new media types (which I am assuming the folks at AWL are) assume that anyone knows who the hell they are or care–and what’s with these guys’ names? What planet are they from?

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