Blogging RIP (part 25)
Friday, February 17th, 2006
Writing in the fine tradition of Boston Globe journalist Haiwatha Bray, who declared in early 2002 that “blogging is an ephemeral fad, destined to burn itself out in a year or two,” we’ve got another nice flush of “blogging is dead” stories today.
Writing in the Financial Times, blogger Trevor Butterworth poses some questions:
we must ask whether we are being sold a naked emperor. Is blogging really an information revolution? Is it about to drive the mainstream news media into oblivion? Or is it just another crock of virtual gold – a meretricious equivalent of all those noisy internet start-ups that were going to build a brave ‘new economy’ a few years ago?
He interviews some bloggers and concludes it’s all much ado about nothing. (But wait, aren’t all Cretans liars?)
And in Slate, blogger Daniel Gross makes some deft points and concludes “as businesses, blogs may have peaked.” Absolutely. Blogging is in a financial bubble. Please go away people. Leave us alone.