On Blogging

Over the past few months, I've paid more attention to blogging. I have a problem with the stream-of-consciousness and mostly thoughtless nonsense presented by many bloggers. And the disguised identities that many use allow them to hide in anonymity while they bash industry people and institutions. When the Gemological Institute of America was in the midst of the grading scandal, there were numerous blogs spewing vitriol day after day going after Bill Boyajian, Tom Yonelunas, and others. Even today, a few diehards may continue to stoke the flames of alleged conspiracy and malfeasance. In the July 27 edition of National Jeweler's online product, there were several nom de plume blogs commenting on the just-announced American Gem Society layoffs and the AGS Lab's grading system. These blogs contained character attacks directed at two AGS and AGSL executives. Just so there is no misunders

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