There are millions of people blogging. The NY Times appears to be surprised to discover that some of them take it to extremes. Or the NY Times thinks it can get a cheap story out of some of them taking it to extremes. You choose.
Two weeks ago in North Lauderdale, Fla., funeral services were held for Russell Shaw, a prolific blogger on technology subjects who died at 60 of a heart attack. In December, another tech blogger, Marc Orchant, died at 50 of a massive coronary. A third, Om Malik, 41, survived a heart attack in December.
Other bloggers complain of weight loss or gain, sleep disorders, exhaustion and other maladies born of the nonstop strain of producing for a news and information cycle that is as always-on as the Internet.
To be sure, there is no official diagnosis of death by blogging, and the premature demise of two people obviously does not qualify as an epidemic. There is also no certainty that the stress of the work contributed to their deaths. But friends and family of the deceased, and fellow information workers, say those deaths have them thinking about the dangers of their work style.
‘The premature demise of two people does not qualify as an epidemic’? This is a serious newspaper? ‘Death by blogging’, that’s a good one too.
This response seems appropriately respectful.