Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Blogs: geezer-approved

Reuters reports on a poll it says shows political blogs are read regularly by "only" 22 percent of Americans:
A majority of Americans do not read political blogs, the online commentaries that have proliferated in the race for the U.S. presidency, according to a poll released on Monday.

Only 22 percent of people responding to the poll said they read blogs regularly, meaning several times a month or more, according to the survey conducted by Harris Interactive.
Seems like it was only a couple of years ago that newspapers quit saying, "blog, short for 'weblog' . . ." Wait, it was just a couple of years ago. Or less. But Reuters still gets this piece of rusty boilerplate in:

Unlike traditional, mainstream media, blogs often adopt a specific point of view [heavens to betsy!]. Critics complain they can contain unchecked facts, are poorly edited and use unreliable sources. . . .

Unlike, say, Reuters.
While blogs are largely considered the realm of young people who are most Internet-savvy, only 19 percent of people ages 18 to 31, and 17 percent of those ages 32 to 43, regularly read a political blog, the poll said.
Get off my lawn, you damn kids!
The generation most likely to read such blogs are those age 63 or older, 26 percent of whom said they do so.
We call it the Drunka demo. Actually, if this had been a real poll I'd have been seriously impressed by blog readership, old and crotchety as it might be. But it wasn't, as they wait till the last graf, after the jump, to tell you:
The poll was conducted online from January 15 to January 22 among 2,302 adults. Harris said it does not calculate or provide a margin of error because it finds such figures can be misleading.
(via CJW at one of those link thingies at LGF)

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