GerritsenBeach.net was pleased that “We got a mention in the Times… We even got top billing over other blogs such as Gowanus Lounge and Roosevelt Island 360.” We were pleased to see all of them mentioned in the Sunday article about local blogs. Unfortunately the thrust of the story was 1.) the internets are now about community feedback: “the 39-year-old publisher of Brownstoner… talking about the impact of an Internet trend called Web 2.0” explained that “the original model for Web sites back in the 1990s was ‘I publish and you read,'” but now websites have… comments; 2.) Posters on obstreperous Brooklyn-based blogs enjoy a lively debate about how much to tip the Fresh Direct guy; 3.) Sometimes blogs moderate comments: “As the creators of this virtual frontier, should they also play the role of sheriff?” 4.) The future is GPS, which will allow one to “type in a physical location and see what opinions the blogosphere can provide about the place,” pending moderation. All honor to our name-checked Crooklyn paisans, but this is the sort of thing that drives us to Fucked in Park Slope — oh shit, the top two posts are about Obama and the Brooklyn Flea. Goodbye Cruel Internet! We’re off to read Bukowski, again.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 12, 2009