Blog Cabin: Minnesota's Ric Romero

In 2005, KABC-TV reporter Ric Romero unwittingly launched himself into internet infamy by penning an article about a new phenomenon sweeping the internet, called "blogging." Problem was, blogging hadn't been a "new" phenomenon for at least five years.

So openly mocked was Romero by the entirety of internet culture that the assholes over at Fark turned him into a meme, dropping Romero's name into a headline whenever a reporter did a hard-hitting investigative piece on something...really obvious.

It seems MinnPost's Justin Piehowski wants a piece of that obvious pie. Yesterday he debuted Blog Cabin, a blog about Minnesota blogs that smacks of making it to the party eight years late. Don't get us wrong; the core idea of Blog Cabin, highlighting the best and calling out the worst of Minnesota's bloggy musings, is an admirable pursuit (if a little paternalistic).


But that's no excuse for stinkers like this:

What I've discovered is that just beneath the surface of our media consciousness is an incredible community of mothers, athletes, comedians, professionals, farmers, mayors, teachers and many more who are putting the stories of their lives online for the world to read about.

It's almost as if the internet has eliminated the capital investment associated with traditional media, and now with a few clicks of his mouse the layman can broadcast his thoughts to thousands, if not millions, of potential readers. Astounding.

But nothing could have prepared us for this:

While the definition of a blog -- short for web-log -- is still very unclear, there's no question that they are having a profound impact on communication in the United States and the world.

Quick, define "wharrgarbl" for your readership. Because that's the noise they should be making after reading such a condescending line. "Short for web-log," honestly. Is this the opinion MinnPost has of its readers? 

News flash: if you're reading MinnPost, you're on the internet. And if you're on the internet, you already know what a blog is. But just in case, here's a very clear definition of the word, courtesy a 0.5-second search on Wikipedia:

A blog is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order.

We hope this definition will be useful in the further discoveries of Ric Romero's Blog Cabin.