Blogger News Network: Shame of the Internet -Part 1-
Possibly the most cherished of all our rights and freedoms, is free speech. And what a glorious right it is, the ability to express ones self without fear of persecution is worth dying for, and many thousands have done just that. But with all good things sometimes too much of it is actually negative, and especially so when bottom feeding gossip rag wannabes exploit those rights for personal gain.
Before the Caylee Anthony case became the daily topic of discussion in many households, BNN was just another blog site with numerous contributing writers. Some of the stories were interesting, and some just plain garbage. Much like the one you are reading now, but with one major difference. There is no money involved here. There are no ads, no banners, or links to bring money in from people stopping by to browse through the site. In fact, if you did a little digging on this site you’d find it’s somewhere down near the bottom as far as traffic and demographic marketing appeal goes.
There are however, some sites where money is the motive for everything. And what is being said is not nearly as important as how many people will read it. Now I always had a passing awareness about that sort of thing, but I’m not very good with tags, key words, and search engine manipulation. But it is rather amazing how some sites can accomplish exposure, with little or nothing of value to offer. All the while getting increased web hits and blog traffic.
At the height of the Caylee Anthony story saw BNN around 160,000 monthly hits to the site, that is a very impressive number. And most of you have seen the results in Google if searching for that topic. In fact, most of the news alerts are coming from there. Why? Well, for one reason the amount of people commenting, and discussing the case. Most of the time there was nothing really insightful in any of the articles, just regurgitating the real news from other media sites. What was interesting was the discussion about the case and the evidence.
As the case began to drag on and nothing much was new in the way of evidence the number of visits to BNN began to drop, dramatically. You can see for yourself here. In April visitors to the Blogger News Network was less than half of what they were just a few months ago, and that could not be good for the pocket book and something had to be done. There was a little bit of an upturn as some of the Haleigh Cummings stories garnered some attention, but nothing close to what was needed to bring the numbers back up.
Exploiting peoples emotions on serious subjects promising much but delivering little. Stringing people along with sensational headlines. The Money Trail, a series of articles by the senior fraudster promised much in the way of proving how Casey Anthony was paying for her defense team, implying BNN was going to crack the case where no one else could. As the weeks went by new parts were released, but no evidence was forthcoming. An article about not being able to release evidence or proof is not an accomplishment, it’s bull crap. Months later after all the chest pumping and assurances there is still nothing, and they have moved on to a bigger story.
Damage control can be a nasty thing, and BNN is finding it very messy indeed. Most of the regular people have left, comments are no longer open and one has to register on a forum to even see what is being discussed. In one of his most desperate statements yet, accused this site of having it’s radio broadcast yanked just hours from going live because of nefarious reasons. Truth be told my Internet was disconnected for 5 days, the reasons for that not important but I find it humorous to see the spin put on the situation.
In the next part of this saga we will look closer at the deception, and the players involved. Anyone that spends time gathering news on the Internet has heard of the Aaliyah Bedwell story, and the allegations of sexual abuse against the father. This is what the editors at BNN hoped would be the fat cash cow to pump their numbers back up, even stooping as low as to call an innocent man a pedophile. What I find incredible is that they have used porn sites and celebrity gossip blogs to promote this story. They’ve even accused an entire County of being corrupt and incompetent. Don’t take my word for it, go over to BNN and search Aaliyahs name and read it for yourself. Again they are offering no proof, but are shovelling out a lot of foul smelling accusations. Most bloggers are respectful, and always try to provide links and evidence to back up their point of view. BNN just says they have evidence, but can’t show you. Yes, and the cheque is in the mail. Stay tuned for Part 2.