At today’s Consumer Revolution on the Web conference (hosted by Consumer Reports and CJR), David Cay Johnston, speaking on a panel that includes Bob Garfield, Trudy Lieberman, Consumerist founder Ben Popkin, and Technologizer founder Harry McCracken, declared, “I think most of the blog sites out there are about as useful as talking to a drunk in a bar.”

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.