Wired has posted an article by Paul Boutin, which talks about blogs not being the useful medium they once were, and how networks like Twitter and Facebook are taking their place. I disagree. That’s not to say that such networks don’t have their place, but taking the place of blogs? I don’t think so. A quote from the article:
Writing a weblog today isn’t the bright idea it was four years ago. The blogosphere, once a freshwater oasis of folksy self-expression and clever thought, has been flooded by a tsunami of paid bilge. Cut-rate journalists and underground marketing campaigns now drown out the authentic voices of amateur wordsmiths. It’s almost impossible to get noticed, except by hecklers. And why bother? The time it takes to craft sharp, witty blog prose is better spent expressing yourself on Flickr, Facebook, or Twitter.
It may take some effort and some content worth reading to get notices, but if anything, it just pushes bloggers to strive for excellence, which in my opinion is not a bad thing. In response to that article, Dwight Silverman at chron.com in a post called “Are Blogs Obsolete?” writes:
This type of nonsense surfaces every few months from folks who think that, just because blogging is no longer the latest shiny-shiny, it’s no longer relevant. That’s shallow and silly.
Like any other publishing medium, blogging is a tool for getting information to other people. The fact that other ways of doing it have come along doesn’t mean blogging doesn’t belong in your toolbox. It’s still an effective way to communicate ideas, news, images, video, audio. It remains a simple and powerful way to not only share your thoughts, but point others to valuable info and insights elsewhere on the Web.
I couldn’t have said it better myself. Blogs are not obsolete. You know why? Because I still read them everyday. I still write for them nearly everyday. And so do countless others (that probably includes you). If you ask me, blogs are more relevant than they’ve ever been, because they are more mainstream than they have ever been.Â Thoughts?
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