We all form opinions based on our knowledge of particular subjects. Most reasonable people would accept that if this knowledge is limited , then the value of our opinion is similarly limited. Why then does it appear that this simple equation is not applicable to football ?
I believe the reason is that people way overestimate their knowledge of football.
It also seems to me that the more someone knows, the less sure of their conclusions they are. In other words the more stupid you are , the more you believe your opinions are correct.
People write blogs spewing their ideas about tactics , line ups and formations sure in the belief that they are right. Then they go back to their totally unrelated jobs (if they have one) or carry on with their homework.
A rough guide in judging a bloggers worth is simply to look at the comments section. I understand the “birds of a feather flock together” and generally the majority of regular posters will be of like mind to the blogger, but when the comments are clearly written by halfwits, its reasonable to assume the blogger himself is none to sharp.
Of course there are exceptions. Its possible that the blogger is smart enough to have identified his market and exploits their stupidity in order to further his/her agenda, whatever that might be.
The value of these bloggers opinions is seen as being tied to the number of readers or followers. If they are getting 10.000 hits per day it could mean no more than 10.000 idiots agree with what is being said.
Unfortunately what these bloggers say is taken as gospel by those least able to think for themselves .
There are hundreds of Arsenal bloggers and the vast majority of them are so far up their own ares that it defies belief. There are of course exception who are balanced, knowledgeable and informative ,some are even funny . I wont list any ,in case I leave some out, and you know me, I don’t want to upset anyone.
Its spread now to Podcasts. Dozens of them all giving their opinions on Arsenal matters , as if they know what they are talking/shouting/ranting about.
Strikes me everyone wants to be Arseblog. Well here is the thing, he was in first and you wont be.
I just wish everyone would stop trying promote themselves and get on with supporting the club.
If you are a blogger and get upset by people questioning your credentials, here is an idea, include your CV in the next blog you write. Lets see how qualified you are ?
And yes, I am aware of the irony of a blogger moaning about bloggers.