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In Silicon Valley, ‘journalists’ as spec sheet drones

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tom Foremski, who blogs about Silicon Valley at imageSilicon Valley Watcher, wonders why much of tech reporting is mired in “tedious product journalism” with reporters “trying to scoop each other on news that is essentially a spec sheet” of the stuff they’re writing about. An excerpt:
Vast amounts of product journalism are being produced. Many mainstream newspapers and magazines are beefing up their product news. And multitudes of reporters race to be the first to write up the product specs of a new device.
When did journalists decide that it would be a great job, reporting about products?
When did readers start to think it was cool to read endless news stories about products?

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