The Register attacks Dave Winer — unfairly

Nearly everyday I visit a better-than-average tech news site, The Register, which tells it like it is with a good deal of irreverence and sardonic wit. Its slogan is “Biting the hand that feeds us,” i.e., they won’t hesitate to attack their own advertisers when called for.

So I was disappointed today to see them turn on Dave Winer for holding a blogging conference at Harvard’s Berkman Law School with an admission cost of $500. Yeah, it’s pricey, but the article implies that Winer is “fleecing” attendees and making out like a bandit. (He isnt.)

It’s quite interesting to read the nasty swipe and then read Dave Winer’s reply to it. (It will certainly get you thinking about The Register’s slogan.) You can decide which of the two is more noble.

I don’t disagree with all of The Register’s points about some who take blogging way too seriously, and the article has some great references to “Googlewashing” which, if you haven’t heard of it, is a must-read. It’s just that the writer filled his pen with a bit more venom than was called for when it came to Winer and the BlogCon.

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