551,000 work years

Newsflash: A new study shows that workers will 'waste' 551,000 work years reading and posting to blogs. Oh my GOD, NO!

Granted, blogs can be drivel. But they can also be a shining example of participatory democracy; the grand conversation. They can be mindless blather but they can be a pinprick of sanity in a mechanical existence. In other words, they can be anything. It's just people writing and reading folks.

I'm glad there's been a study. It's worthwhile. But for the number of people I've seen who read the comics, do the crossword, chatter on the cell phone, gossip in the kitchenette... Employers ought to be glad their employees may be honing their writing and becoming more knowledgeable about something... (AdAge.com)

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