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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Upon further review, Dion Phaneuf, Elisha Cuthbert and Joffrey Lupul would like to see something positive spring from the Twitter firestorm that engulfed them this week. Something that will educate people about the perils of social media, according to their lawyer.
And then there are people like me who believe this will never happen until the person who started this particular contretemps with a defamatory tweet about the two Toronto Maple Leafs players and Phaneuf’s wife and all the other Internet offenders are figuratively nailed to the legal cross.
If anything, the events on social media this week, from the Leafs tweet that exploded on TSN’s NHL trade-deadline show to a similar controversy with the Chicago Blackhawks to the vile comments about Curt Schilling’s daughter when the former baseball pitcher praised her on Twitter, show that people need to realize Twitter, Facebook, Instagram et al. are not private conversations between a few people but a public forum where they have a legal responsibility to make sure they do not libel anyone.
Journalists were bound by this obligation long before the Internet opened a worldwide forum to everyone with a keyboard or a smartphone. But too many bloggers, tweeters, citizen journalists or whatever else they like to be called are too slow to realize they now have the same responsibility.
You cannot casually repeat some scurrilous rumour making its way around the Web forums without opening yourself to legal action.
In my early years as a blogger I could be quite nasty toward journalists I disagree with. I received e-mails from a few of them taking me to task, not for questioning their work, but for personally attacking them. Rather than simply disagreeing with them or offering a counterpoint, I often mocked their work, personalities and even their appearance.
In short, I was acting like an *#$%@&.
Most bloggers I’ve followed over the years don’t behave like this toward the hockey punditry, but there’s several who do. It’s little wonder some in the MSM get testy when they’re criticized by these folks.
I’ve also encountered several bloggers dismissive of the mainstream media, considering themselves part of the “new media” poised to change hockey coverage forever. These same folks, however, rely heavily on the MSM for source material. They didn’t want to admit it, but they need the mainstream media. Without them, many bloggers would have little, if anything, to write about.
It’s easy to consider bloggers, especially influential ones, as “keeping the media honest”. That implies, however, the hockey media as a whole are misleading their readers with lazy reportage. That’s simply not true. Having worked alongside hockey beat writers at various NHL events over the years, I have considerable respect for what they do.
Lyle Richardson of Spector's Hockey where you can read more on this topic.
As to why I'm walking away, I'm simply out of gas, having written online about hockey since the mid-90's. It's been a feeling of obligation rather than desire which has compelled me to post articles here lately, and when this becomes more like a chore than a hobby that's not good for anybody.
-Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck, where you can read more from Dirk.
You've done well Dirk, best wishes moving forward.
from Troy Machir of The Sporting News,
With Olympic Games finishing over the weekend and the second half of the NHL season getting under way, there is no better time to get familiar with the professional hockey landscape.
What we have for you is the essential NHL Must Follow Twitter List. We've compiled the names of the top writers, reporters, blogger and analysts in pro hockey, who will be able to provide you with all the information you need to finish off the season in style.
continue for a very handy list and thanks for including KK.
All via Twitter, without me even having to ask, all from the hockey people I follow...
- I've been told what to eat, what not to eat, what to watch, what not to watch, why he is guilty, why he isn't guilty.
- I have viewed pictures of cats, dogs, boats, mountains, lakes, fishing spots, golf courses and of course blurry pictures from prospect camps.
- I have read 140 characters about 50 times regarding prospects I will never hear about again.
- Tonight I am sure one of the topics will be the MLB Home Run Derby. Soccer will somehow creep in too along with bits of information from diaper changing to the importance of proper spelling.
- My suggestion- Make Twitter a minimum of 250 words, that will cut down on the Twitter traffic!
Yesterday I posted a blog titled Ranking The Starting Goalies where I listed the 8 starting goalies left in the playoffs beginning with, in my opinion, the best goalie.
KK members then followed suit by leaving their rankings in the comment section and all was good.
This morning I woke up to this email...
ha ha Paul .... were ya drinkin when you ranked the goalies ?? That was actually funny .... Guess that's why you post other peoples thoughts and don't actually write much ..... FYI ... Lundquist is a fraud. Quick is the man to have .... I have been playing the game at various levels for years, and know what is happening on the ice ....
Ah, the old I played the game ploy and what's with all the dots and the double question mark?
Criticizing an opinion is one thing as long as you back it up, but calling people out by using the 'I played the game card' as the reason tells me that person is wearing blinders and knows all.
If I considered myself as knowing everything about the game, I'd be running a site like nhlpredictions.com but I don't, so I leave it up to the experts to do so.
Now I know who this person is and would have preferred he left a comment in the post so all could see it and discuss if need be, but that was his decision, not mine.
In case you are wondering, this person did not strike a nerve with me but I wanted to bring some attention to it and who knows, maybe you will be reading his response in a blog at another site in the near future.
One more thing, it is Lundqvist, not Lundquist Mr. I play the game guy.
I don't even put Spector's Hockey in the same category as the other two, but since the author did...
from Stephen Stirling of the Star-Ledger,
At the end of the day, one of these insiders came out looking like a Stanley Cup contender, while the other two would more likely be holding a fire sale of its players at the trade deadline after a horrid season:
And on this topic..
To their credit, each of the insiders the Star-Ledger analyzed generally do not alter their blog posts or delete tweets that turn out to be inaccurate. They stand by what they said, for better or worse. They address readers who question their information. And they acknowledge that not everything they report is absolute truth, just what they are hearing from their sources or analyzing on the fly.
from Earl Sleek of Battle of California,
Thanks to Sacamano, Fenwick, and Grabia for introducing the hockey internet to the"Battle of..." blog concept, and demonstrating why it is the best damn format imaginable. Who wants to write to just one team's fans about one team's storyline all the damn time? The real heart of being a hockey fan is in its rivalries, and those guys showed why "Battle of..." was the best way to go.
Thanks to Benjamin, Dellow, Lowetide, Covered in Oil, Irreverent Oil Fans, Black Dog Hates Skunks, Jes Gőlbez, Kukla's Korner, and James Mirtle for also introducing me to the hockey blogosphere concept. Back when I was a young slacker at a day job, these were basically all the blogs that I knew existed, but I read and enjoyed them quite thoroughly. They showed that the strength of a blogosphere is in its diversity -- some were numbers guys, some were story tellers, some were news breakers, and some were just silly -- but it worked well when everyone did what they did best.
from Lyle Richardson of Spector's Hockey.
Since the NHL lockout began, a number of stories have highlighted the plight of lesser paid NHL employees facing layoffs or salary reductions, as well as the effect upon those in the service and hospitality industries reliant upon the business generated by their local NHL team.
Yet there’s been almost nothing about the effect the lockout is having upon those who cover the NHL as freelance writers or bloggers.
I recently sent out a series of tweets asking for freelancers and bloggers to share their lockout stories with me. My thanks to those who took the time to respond.
“(My) ad revenue is down 80%, guide sales are down 50%. If I was a bachelor in a bungalow or townhouse or apartment, I’d be pretty screwed. But my wife makes enough to cover off the bills, Christmas for the kids to get us through. And I had enough guide sales early on (release date is August 1) to cover off site costs, pay the site’s managers (though they’ll thankfully be taking “rollbacks” starting January). The goalie guide helps a bit…but even those sales, which ironically were supposed to help soften the blow, won’t take off unless a season starts next month.
Regarding KK, I mentioned it about 1 1/2 months ago in our semi-annual donation request and since that time and especially since the NHL legal action, KK numbers have fallen big time.
Yes the holiday season has something to do with that but I think most fans, even the die-hard ones which KK attracts, have had enough and just can't take what this lockout brings us.
Hopefully we get some kind of closure soon, either play or go home. If it is option 2, I have no idea where that would take me, maybe I will start blogging about labor law!
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