Sunday, April 06, 2008

Stop the bus

If this is the future, then it'll be over soon enough.
In short, tech bloggers compete for a few second advantage in a high stress/high payout ad revenue generated pay-for-post Thunderdome, as publishing moves online.
Unfortunately, bloggers are human and eventually their old technology hearts stop.

"Other bloggers complain of 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.
To be sure, there is no official diagnosis of death by blogging, and the premature demise of two people obviously does not qualify as an epidemic. There is also no certainty that the stress of the work contributed to their deaths. But friends and family of the deceased, and fellow information workers, say those deaths have them thinking about the dangers of their work style.
The pressure even gets to those who work for themselves — and are being well-compensated for it.
“I haven’t died yet,” said Michael Arrington, the founder and co-editor of TechCrunch, a popular technology blog. The site has brought in millions in advertising revenue, but there has been a hefty cost. Mr. Arrington says he has gained 30 pounds in the last three years, developed a severe sleeping disorder and turned his home into an office for him and four employees. “At some point, I’ll have a nervous breakdown and be admitted to the hospital, or something else will happen.”
“This is not sustainable,” he said."

It's a good thing the poky old book trade can move juuussst a bit more slowly in this case.
It's this sort of stuff that illustrates what surely must be an unintended consequence of Web 2.whatever.
As the story notes, a few unhealthy or deceased bloggers does not a broad trend make, but when a blogger has to ask,
There’s no time ever — including when you’re sleeping — when you’re not worried about missing a story,” Mr. Arrington said.
“Wouldn’t it be great if we said no blogger or journalist could write a story between 8 p.m. Pacific time and dawn? Then we could all take a break,"

then something has gone very wrong.

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