Jared Leto Thinks Blogging Is A False Experience

September 25, 2006 – 2:39 pm

by Darren

Jared Leto, if you aren’t familiar with him, is a B-list actor who also fancies himself a musician. He took dead aim at the blogosphere recently with some comments he made.

Here’s a couple of the juicier tidbits:

G4: Do you do a lot of blogging from the road?

JARED: No, I think that blogging should die a sudden death.

G4: Why?

JARED: It’s just ridiculous. It’s like a playground for four-year-olds. People say and do things in the world of blogs that they would never do in real life, and I think it’s a false experience. You know, it’s, like, eating too much candy.

Fair enough. It’s his opinion, and he’s entitled to it. His point has validity, because on the internet, we’ve all seen countless examples of people acting braver and bolder than they would in real life. But apparently, this has poisoned him on the whole experience. Another quotable comment from him:

G4: So you don’t read alot of the celebrity gossip blogs, I take it?

JARED: Well, you know, one of the things along those lines that bothers me about when people start citing blogs as news sources is that when people are writing on these blogs, they feel like they don’t feel they need to do any research or back up their opinions with facts or anything, you know what I mean?

G4: Why is there this inherent lack of responsibility when it comes to blogging as journalism?

JARED: I couldn’t tell you. Times have changed. It used to be, to be a writer you had to have experience and talent, and learn a craft. Now anybody with an opinion, which is anyone and everyone, feels that it’s worthy. Technology is allowing people to have access to things where before it required very great skill. So there will be some interesting developments from that, and also some things that are pretty worthless. Pretty soon anybody with a cell phone is going to be able to be a news reporter.The blog is yesterday’s parachute pants. It’s here now but it’s gone tomorrow.

The interview goes on from there, and is worth reading as it applies to blogging. It would be easy to discount Jared Leto, but I do find his viewpoint to be entirely valid. I’m not saying he’s right, but undoubtedly this is his perception.

But I think he underestimates blogging, and bloggers, when he claims it’s merely a fad that will be gone tomorrow. But I think his perception might just be shared by a lot of people, and not just celebrities. Blogging, in its’ current format, is still largely thought of as somehow less that other forms of meda. It’s considered to be opinion, and nothing more.

But one thing I do agree with totally:

JARED: Sometimes it’s interesting, but most of the time the bloggers themselves are just trying to get famous so they can make some money and sell advertising dollars and duping these poor people who are on the internet all day long.

Ha ha. If it only it were as easy as that, my friend. The same could be argued of his acting and his music.

What do you think? Is blogging the next “parachute pants” style fad?

  1. 2 Responses to “Jared Leto Thinks Blogging Is A False Experience”

  2. Fifty million Blogs and all cannot be A class. The writers and readers tend to finally gravitate towards their choices and hopefully not dictated by Google.

    By Satish on Sep 25, 2006

  3. Great points, Satish. He’s focusing on the very low quality blogs and not looking at the big picture.

    By Darren on Sep 26, 2006

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