Blogs for sale
In a CNNMoney article oct 20th, a public relations firm admitted that it was behind two pro- Wal-mart blogs on the web. The two blogs, "Wal-mart across America", and "Working Families For Wal-mart" were origionally presented as grass-roots independent blogs supporting Wal-mart. However, after numerous calls for transperancy by web critics, A Public relations Firm Edelman admitted that the blogs were written by the firms employees and Edelman admited that Walmart is a client. Wal-mart shares rose 1.5 percent on the NYSE friday.
Few words scare me as much as the word propiganda. THis is an example of presenting agenda-laden lies or half-truths as actual journalism. THis walmart blog gaffe shows a glairing need for more transparency on the blogosphere. It is becoming burdensome to search the web for real news and data without having to thouroughly investigate the authors for bias or agendas, so lets just make all blog opinions and viewpoints for sale.