I’m a bit confused by the Washington Post’s recent firing of one of their bloggers, David Seidel. Apparently, Mr. Seidel expressed opinions which differed with those of his employers. Newspapers have always respected a range of opinion with their editorial writers. Why did the Post overreact to Mr. Seidel?
Certainly they were unnerved by his posts and felt that their content did not properly represent the views of the paper. But more importantly, I believe they misunderstood that blogs are best when they represent an individual, personal, point of view, not a group opinion. Along with the immediacy in which digital content is created and published, is the fact that bloggers don’t need editors. Maybe that’s what the Washington Post was overreacting to.