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Why Valleywag doesn't work

Friday, February 15, 2008 by Dave Winer.

Valleywag is mostly puff pieces. I guess they're writing about people who, for one reason or another, they don't want to offend. Permalink to this paragraph

Typical of business press. Don't screw your sources or else they'll dry up. Don't speak ill of Steve Jobs or else no cover picture for you. Permalink to this paragraph

So, it's reasonable to conclude -- if you read something unbelievably nice about someone in Valleywag, that person is a source. Permalink to this paragraph

Thing is, they're reduced to attacking about five people. And the flow is miniscule. A pointer from VW is worth about 20 hits. Permalink to this paragraph

In other words, hire a business reporter to do VW, and you get Infoworld, about 25 years too late. Permalink to this paragraph


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