The NYT published an edifying article yesterday revealing how BLOGGING WILL KILL YOU! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, STOP BLOGGING RIGHT NOW! OK, not really. They actually published an interesting piece on how the pay-per-click online economy is pushing some 'professional' bloggers to pull crazy hours and eat terrible food. But for some reason, journalist Matt Richtel decided to package this otherwise fine article around a "two bloggers die! One barely escapes with their life!" newspeg. That's bad reporting. Something that should have been obvious when this paragraph was included:
To be sure, there is no official diagnosis of death by blogging, and the premature demise of two people obviously does not qualify as an epidemic. There is also no certainty that the stress of the work contributed to their deaths. But friends and family of the deceased, and fellow information workers, say those deaths have them thinking about the dangers of their work style.
Pretty disappointing. I mean, I know the "popular trend + alarming development = journalistic gold" paradigm is well loved. I just hoped the NYT would rise above it.