This Article Exposes a Problem with Tech Blogs
GitConnected published an article so blatantly inaccurate that it made me question the entire platform
This website is, first and foremost, a social media blogging site…it is easy to forget that, thanks to the WYSIWYG editor, or how adding pictures, quotes, and hyperlinks to a post makes it seem less like a blog post and more like an article. I wish I could call myself a journalist for having a blog. Has a nice ring to it, right? Evan the TECH JOURNALIST? :)
Here is a tech article called “6 Programming Languages You Should Not Learn.” It is very popular. Check out this excerpt:
HTML and CSS are very popular languages. Most new programmers blindly dive into these languages. Below is a screenshot from Stack Overflow showing the popularity of these two languages.
HTML and CSS are front-end languages. Going deep and investing huge amounts of time in them doesn’t give you maximum leverage for your time.
First of all, HTML is not a programming language. A commenter wrote this.
From what I have seen, Clement Brian is a good writer. GitConnected is a good publication. So what the **** happened here?
I suspect that there were a few things at play:
- The article was met with rage, and Medium made sure to push it because it was getting so much engagement
- The editor of GitConnected noticed the attention and wanted to accept the article. What he did not do was read it
- This article is paywall-blocked. If the author gave into pressure and took it down, he would lose an income stream. If he acknowledged his mistakes, learned from the experience, and then improved the article, it would elicit less controversy and make him less money. The algorithm incentives controversy over quality and accuracy
The Dark Side of Blogging
Anyone can create a blog. Even me. This fact is dangerous.
If a writer decides that quantity is more important than quality, you will get things like this: The backing of a tech publication, a good format, and enough screenshots and buzzwords to fake legitimacy. In truth, this article has more problems than just the one stated.
Social media incentivizes people to elicit controversy. Because of this, we face the same situation we face at parties: The loudest, most obnoxious people tend to get the most attention.
Except in the social media world, this also means that they make the most money.