Thursday, April 24, 2003

Boss shuts down Horgan's weblog

For many years, columnist Denis Horgan had a popular column in the Hartford Courant newspaper. Recently, his editors reassigned him to be the paper's travel section editor and Mr. Horgan decided to start his own weblog, where he continues slice-of-life observations on the Red Sox, for example. Now, his bosses have told him to shut down the commentary part of his weblog. Cosmo Macero, a Boston newspaper columnist who for now has his own weblog, argues that the paper is being dumb in this instance, passing up an opportunity to get readers from the internet by letting Mr. Horgan do columns, for free, on the side and linking to stuff they might want promoted in the Courant.