Bloggers are not equal to 'proper' journalists

Blogger Arpee Lazaro contacts me relating how he was invited by an electronics manufacturer to the launch of their latest line of entertainment devices and gadgets. Upon entry, Arpee fell in line for the registration and before being allowed to register, was accosted by Jayce Perlas (as it says on his name tag) and asked what publication Arpee was from. He answered him “I am a blogger, and gave his URL. He then asked Arpee, “WHO INVITED YOU?” This lead to much humiliation in front of the people in the counter and treated like an arrested shoplifter. Here’s Arpee’s blog piece:

Arpee, look at the positive; don’t think bloggers are held in such high media regard here in OZ!!