Death comes for the archblogger

April 6, 2008

Matt RichtelAt the risk of stating the obvious, everybody’s blogging about New York Times reporter Matt Richtel’s story about how the stress of 24-7 blogging is thinning the herd of Internet scribes.

Here’s his evidence:

Two weeks ago in North Lauderdale, Fla., funeral services were held for Russell Shaw, a prolific blogger on technology subjects who died at 60 of a heart attack. In December, another tech blogger, Marc Orchant, died at 50 of a massive coronary. A third, Om Malik, 41, survived a heart attack in December.

And here’s the cause:

A growing work force of home-office laborers and entrepreneurs, armed with computers and smartphones and wired to the hilt, are toiling under great physical and emotional stress created by the around-the-clock Internet economy that demands a constant stream of news and comment.

And here are the symptoms:

Weight loss or gain, sleep disorders, exhaustion and other maladies born of the nonstop strain of producing for a news and information cycle that is as always-on as the Internet.

Two thoughts:

Public figures who are targets of blogging ire often deride bloggers for the cacophony that online self-publishing creates, not to mention their supposed ignorance of traditional reporting techniques. Maybe they’ve found an answer to their prayers.

Richtel makes blogging sound an awful lot like wire service reporting.

* Dear Media File readers: We came up with at least a few other headlines for this entry, but are sure you’ve got a few up your sleeve. Here are our runners-up. Be morbid, and submit your own!

For whom the blog rolls

Die blogging

Chronicle of a death foreblogged

Death of a blogsman

A blog too far

(Richtel Photo: Meredith Barad/Hachette Book Group)

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After trees, reaper targets bloggers

Posted by Carl | Report as abusive

The death of these men its so cruel…Journalism could be a beautiful career, but the stress of the field when overwhelm those are pacionate about it..

Posted by Helena | Report as abusive