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04.26.2006

Eric Asimov on Numerical Ratings

The topic of wine ratings has provoked some of the liveliest discussions here on Vinography, and the same also seems to be true on Eric Asimov's blog, The Pour. Eric posted his thoughts, good and bad, about ratings last week and it has generated a lot of response from his readers. The debate isn't materially different than those which have raged here on Vinography, but there's a lot of good discussion.

As a side note, it's interesting to see that Asimov himself has not joined the fray. Blogging for the New York Times seems to not include taking part in the discussion with the community.

Read his full post.

Comments (2)

Trish wrote:
04.27.06 at 9:37 PM

As a fellow newspaper person, I kind of understand why Asimov has to stay out of the comments banter. In the event he has to write a story on wine ratings in the future, he wants to maintain objectivity. That's why it's difficult for newspapers to run effective blogs. Blogs are boring if they're too objective and, yet, that's what newspapers strive to be. It's a tough spot to be in.

04.28.06 at 9:07 AM

It's one of the things I like about news: most reputable publications don't comment on the comments, the idea being to give readers the final say.

If the journalist wasn't able to make their point during the original article, then they didn't write the article well and their not doing their job.

Of course, blogs aren't news, and the resulting discussion is half the joy of reading them and it'd be a pity if the author didn't join in.

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