Should Fashion Bloggers be Licensed?

Manolo says, the Manolo was going to say something about this…

For me this gets to the heart of the whole question of non-regulation of fashion blogging, which has been celebrated as triumph of democracy in a dictatorial world (now everyone has a voice!) but also poses the dangers of opinion being automatically taken seriously, with no real knowledge on the part of the reader about the person opining, and the depth of what they may, or may not, know.

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I’m not saying all fashion bloggers are dangerous (that would be a little hypocritical, no?), but maybe it is worth thinking about some sort of registry, or official database that requires certain disclosures that are verifiable.

But then he decided that it was just too egregiously stupid to pay much serious attention.

However, to be brief, if you are selling the counterfeit products (the event which occasioned this rant), then you should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Otherwise, the meddlesome, and sometimes rent-seeking peoples who wish to stick their noses into everyone’s business, should leave the fashion bloggers alone.

5 Responses to “Should Fashion Bloggers be Licensed?”

  1. The formerly shoe-obsessed Wayne July 2, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    This is almost as stupid as “Should sports bloggers be licensed?” or “Should political bloggers be licensed?”

  2. Jeanne H July 2, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    “Egregiously stupid” is an understatement.

  3. marvel July 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    I’m entertained by the notion of a “dangerous” fashion blogger. The Manolo! he stalks the streets at night, Jimmy Choo stiletto held high, ready to drive the stake through the hearts of maurading Crocs everywhere.

  4. Virginia Postrel July 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    Only a counterfeit style blogger would use the term “rent-seeking” without reference to scraping together the pennies from the couch cushions to fend off the mustache-twirling landlord.

  5. Doc Merlin July 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    Someone in a profession wants to raise barriers to entry for others in that profession?
    Doc Merlin is not Surprised.
    Furthermore, he believes we have all been trolled.