Daniel Rubin, in Blinq, points out this story from Forbes, which offers a view of the dangers of blogs and blogging.
Blogs started a few years ago as a simple way for people to keep online diaries. Suddenly they are the ultimate vehicle for brand-bashing, personal attacks, political extremism and smear campaigns. It’s not easy to fight back: Often a bashing victim can’t even figure out who his attacker is. No target is too mighty, or too obscure, for this new and virulent strain of oratory. Microsoft has been hammered by bloggers; so have CBS, CNN and ABC News, two research boutiques that criticized IBM’s Notes software, the maker of Kryptonite bike locks, a Virginia congressman outed as a homosexual and dozens of other victims–even a right-wing blogger who dared defend a blog-mob scapegoat.
Seems to me that the Forbes article is merely a hysterical recognition that frauds and lies happen in cyberspace, not just in the White House.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, November 15, 2005