Blogger Ming Thein: GH3 a "consumer appliance"

Started Mar 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
tt321
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Re: Well said.
In reply to MichaelKJ, Mar 29, 2013

MichaelKJ wrote:

tt321 wrote:

Pixnat2 wrote:

danijel973 wrote:

What I find annoying in the entire matter is that he is routinely referred to as "a blogger", which is a convenient way of getting around the fact that he is an excellent commercial photographer with some of the most technically perfect and beautiful results I've seen in the world of product photography. He's "a blogger" in the same way Einstein is "a mediocre violin player" or Hemingway is "an alcoholic from Florida". "A blogger" is someone who has no other distinction or qualification other than writing a blog, and to many people here a top photographer suddenly becomes "a blogger" when he criticises their camera.

Fully agree!

But he is a blogger when you talk about one of his blogs. He is a photographer when you are one of his (I'd imagine very satisfied) clients dealing with his photographic output. In different contexts the same person puts on different hats. If you went to one of Einstein's violin performances as a listener, his other more prominent roles in society should be regarded as irrelevant, unless you went to see a freak show and was not interested in the music, which I'm sure the performer would not be happy about.

I wasn't aware that blogging had the negative connotations that some people here ascribe to it. The Wikipedia definition isn't pejorative:

A blog is a discussion or informational site published on the web and consisting of discrete entries ("posts") typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first).

I fail to understand why writing on the web by those with demonstrated expertise on the topic they are writing about is not considered blogging.  If it isn't blogging, then what is it?

I'd be interested to know as well. A blog which has attracted a lot of attention must have a lot going for it and should be a blog the blogger is proud of. But it's a blog nonetheless surely?

It's not guaranteed that anonymous forum members (these three words have also been ascribed some sort of negative connotation in this thread, for reasons also obscure to me) would necessarily have opinions/information/arguments that are less valid than successful professional photographers who are well known for their artistic achievements. One has to treat each statement on its merits alone, and not just follow the supposed authority from related activities. When Einstein publishes a paper, that paper must stand on its own merits and not Mr E's previous reputation.

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