Death comes for the archblogger
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.
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.
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(Richtel Photo: Meredith Barad/Hachette Book Group)