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Blogging is not dead

Local web developer Bob Morse asked a question in his recent Tech Beat article: Is the Blog Dead?  This blogger says no.

But the question reflects newer developments in social media, namely the rise of Facebook and Twitter. Blogs have been around longer, and contain (gasp!) more text than tweets and status updates on the “microblogging” sites.

So let’s put the question to you blog readers.

A related question would be: do you spend less time on blogs now that you use Facebook or Twitter?

  1. February 16, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Yes, because all of my thoughts fit neatly inside of 140 & 420 characters. :P

    A more astute observation would be “Is RSS Dead?” — but you’ll never catch me writing a tech beat column. ;)

  2. Walt
    February 16, 2011 at 5:39 am

    Literacy isn’t dead, but it sure smells funny. . .

  3. Mitch
    February 16, 2011 at 7:19 am

    I have a Facebook account. I generally keep it deactivated, though it’s probably active right now. I don’t like the anti-privacy effects of Facebook.

    In general, I don’t like the attempts by various corporations to build one gigantic profile of me, based on my online behavior. I also don’t like the attempts by various corporations to build corrals on the internet to “help” me to never leave their domains.

    Twitter: “I’m taking a bath now.” Thank heavens the world can know.

    “Blog” is a large and generic term. It encompasses everything from individuals making their iconoclastic musings available to the internet, to sites like the Herald, which have an actual readership, on to sites like TPM and the Huffington Post. I like some; I don’t like others.

    What I LOVE is the fact that the internet makes the first two possible, and available on an equal footing with the last two. I suspect that the executives of large corporations dislike that capability to almost the exact same extent that I love it.

  4. February 16, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Facebook and Twitter are more replacements for email than blogs, imo. It’s easier and faster to shoot a quick message on Facebook, in some cases.

  5. Owltotem
    February 16, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Blog (this one) and Facebook, with all of the privacy features on. (my boss could care less how big of a fish my cousin caught) There are more things I dislike about facebook than like about it.

    I love the Herald, news is news, the social response to that news is powerful. The Humboldt Herald has helped changed the way I view myself (in a good way), and not from the Herald articles, from bloggers responses to my posts. I used to think, there was something “wrong” about me, that I was off base. I also thought I was pretty middle of the road politically. Not so on either point. Sparring with Hi Fi was great, we could dis agree and love eachother and see eachothers points of view, (well, I could see his), (I am still owl, now he is chicken). I also took Plain Janes political compass test at Christmas. I even fudged the answers thinking, I dont want to be to cut and dry with no room for open-minded discussion, damn I landed left of Gandhi! It really surprised me. Hi Fi had posted his score and I thought we would really be a fraction of a point off eachother, that is always may argument with my conservative friend “we are closer to agreeing than you think on most things” I think Owl might be wrong about that. Regardless, I realized that I am OK, I am different, different in a good way, and being off base just means we can try to get a bigger base or just just be ok playing left field (even though I cant track and have a weeny arm :)

  6. Mitch
    February 16, 2011 at 8:16 am


    Ah, you’ve taken the political compass test and discovered you’re not a “centrist” and many of your physical neighbors are nowhere near your “values neighborhood.”

    Now you know why people like Dennis Kucinich, Ralph Nader, and Nancy Pelosi will not be President until the consciousness of America changes. If anyone considers that an elitist statement, I plead guilty as charged.

    I think this used to be a much nicer nation, until thirty or forty years of greed-is-good advertising combined with wave after wave of Reagan-cheerful political propaganda completely changed the way many people think. It’s very sad.

  7. February 16, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I refuse to use Face Book. I am the lone hold out among my friends. Who cares?

    From what I gather, FB people all do the same thing. They play the FB games (farmville, etc.), and post the same polls, quiz, and rating stuff.

    At least among us bloggers, you can’t say that the Herald and I do the same kind of stuff. There is a little more room for originality in the Blog arena.

    I think.

  8. Faceless
    February 16, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I’ve always considered facebook juvenile, kind of like passing notes in class in junior high. Seeing how the Egyptians used it to change their government has changed my mind. At least about the way other people use FB.

  9. Thomas Paine Jr
    February 16, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Well said Josh.

  10. February 16, 2011 at 8:50 am

    You’re absolutely right about the “Corrals” built by internet companies. This is the norm nowadays. When the “Wall” is put up permanently many people won’t even notice. They’ll still be able to shop Amazon. They’ll still have facebook. This has actually been going on since the late 90’s. I used to do little experiments to try an get on European servers. Try to use a search engine out of England. If we were not in an imposed bubble, should be no problem. But the reality is you never leave the US loop. If you use Verizon or AT&T you probably never leave their site at all. It only looks like you’re on the World Wide Web. But you’re not. You’re stuck in endless loop on the server of your provider.
    In many ways the internet is already dead. It’s become a home-shopping channel. Going onto Common Dreams, or Democracy Now does little more than enter your name into a database.
    Just like fixing your car, you have to be pretty damn crafty to get around all planed obsolescence engineered into your computer.
    My beef with Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, et al….is that they have taken all the control of your page from you. Now they are in control of the advertising viewing window, the popups. What you can upload. Blogs are much better, sure there is a template, but you can still make it look pretty much how you want. And for the time being; you can still say what you want.
    One other change has taken place is URL capture. So for those of you who think you’re anonymous, you’d better think again. It takes law enforcement about a minute and a half to ID a poster. Companies are so willing to sell out their users they don’t even require a court order.

  11. Plain Jane
    February 16, 2011 at 9:04 am

    When people are questioned as to their views on specific issues, rather than asking them to self-label, most people are more liberal than they label themselves, probably due to the black stain applied to the word liberal by the right wing. Many “liberal” issues are favored by a broad spectrum of even people who would self-label as conservatives such as public education, Social Security, Medicare, safe food, drugs, water and air, progressive tax rates, etc. As Owl discovered, self-labeling isn’t an accurate way to determine where people actually fall on a political compass.

  12. Walt Frazer
    February 16, 2011 at 9:38 am

    “most people are more liberal than they label themselves” Uh-oh. I’m somewhere to the left of Leon Trotsky. Is there anyplace lefter than that?

  13. Ross Rowley
    February 16, 2011 at 10:03 am

    “There is a little more room for originality in the Blog arena.”

    Well said, Tapperass. I feel the blogs are more like the corner pub with differing opinions and that can lead to the occasional fist-fight out in the alley. But, sometimes, we can put our arms around each other and raise a glass in toast. The blogs are kind of like the independent specialized bookstore trying to eek out a living with a narrow field of interest whereas Facebook seems so much like a Cable Shopping Network. And, you know what? I don’t see teenagers taking over and dominating the blogs anytime soon.

    No, I don’t subscribe to Facebook or Twitter.

  14. High Finance
    February 16, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I am not “Chicken”, but I don’t appreciate those small minded people who spend more time attacking me rather than discussing our different POV’s.

    I fear for any person over the age of 16 who uses Twitter. What is with that?

    Face Book is something I understand a little more, but it puzzles me that so many people want to tell strangers all about themselves. Maybe if I used it I would understand it but as of now the appeal escapes me.

    But blogging is fun. Somebody here has to tell you when you are wrong. Because you libs are wrong so often and there are so many of you here yet it appears there are only 3-5 conservatives that post here.

  15. Plain Jane
    February 16, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Most people use the FB privacy controls which restrict access to friends. It isn’t about telling the world, like personal blogs do, what’s going on in your personal life, just a handy place to keep up with lots of people at the same time.

  16. Plain Jane
    February 16, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Walt Frazer wrote, “Uh-oh. I’m somewhere to the left of Leon Trotsky. Is there anyplace lefter than that?”

    The political compass is a grid with 4 sections, not just right and left. If you’re an authoritarian leftist (Stalin) you would be somewhere in the upper left hand of the grid or a libertarian rightist (Friedman), in the lower right hand side of the grid. An authoritarian rightist (Hitler) would be somewhere in the upper right hand side and a libertarian leftist (Gandhi) in the lower left hand side. Each answer in the test is assigned a positive or negative number and these are averaged to determine your placement on the grid.

  17. QP
    February 16, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Isn’t the term Conservative and Liberal derived from the way an individual interprets the US Constitution?

  18. Eric Kirk
    February 16, 2011 at 11:50 am
  19. PLUTO
    February 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Look at how switching to Face Book ruined the Times Standard blog.

  20. tra
    February 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    The grid allows you to plot 2 variables — in this case right/left and authoritarian/libertarian. But there are other potential variables, and to plot a third one would require a third line that pierces perpendicularly through the intersection of the grid, transforming the two dimensional grid into a three-dimensional space with eight categories, instead of the four provided by the grid.

    One variable that’s worth pondering is pragmatic vs. ideological. Lots of variation there, even within each quadrant of the original grid. Another variable that might be worth thinking about is populist vs. elitist.

    I’m sure there are other variables worth thinking about, but that’s all the pseudo-deep-thought I’ve got time for at the moment. And no, I have no idea how you’d plot more than three dimensions at the same time in a graphic form, perhaps that’s just not possible?

  21. Plain Jane
    February 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    That was a cesspool that needed to be drained, Pluto. There were some really vile posters, worse than anything I’ve seen on a blog.

  22. QP
    February 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    TRA, just add music or odors.
    Oh, and I believe there is a fifth dimension.

  23. PLUTO
    February 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    I disagree Plain Jane. Without the free wheeling dialogue and skeletons being brought out of the closet they have shut off free speech and information. TS controls the information.

  24. Anonymous
    February 16, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I agree with Plain Jane on this one. She and I were there, duking it out in the trenches on the T-S blog during the last Presidential election. She kept calling me bad names, as I recall, while I heeded my mother’s advice to be nice even when I felt like screaming. In any case, the ongoing dispute that Jane and I had was absolutely nothing compared to the depraved filth that certain “trolls” delighted in posting on the T-S Topix pages. I think the trolls just finally wore out the T-S staff, who I believe really did try to clean up the cellpool the trolls created there. It’s just that the T-S staff had real jobs to do, while the trolls had all day and night to spread their symbolic manure (twisted and hateful messages) on the floors and walls of the chat rooms at Topix. Need I add how lucky we are to have the Humboldt Herald where trolls fear to tread?

  25. skippy
    February 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    We have a Facebook page only to keep up with our nieces and nephews– and any news or misbehavior– for the rest of us to know.

  26. Anonymous
    February 16, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I like the fact that Facebook helps me find out about important local events before they happen, not afterward. I get to be a more active part of my (our) community. Everyone wins.

  27. Anonymous
    February 17, 2011 at 12:36 am

    What’s Twitter?

  28. February 17, 2011 at 8:35 am

    You want to see an example of the kind of speech brought about by casual anonymity check out craigslist’s Rants & Raves. Seems to me there is a small, group of posters dedicated to putting out the most vile, nonsensical, blatantly ignorant garbage you’re ever likely to find. And what are their platforms?
    Obama’s birth
    Socialist’s secret plot to steal the country from hard-working billionaires (guilty as charged)
    Palin’s right to rule.
    Obama’s secret agenda
    I sometimes think it’s one guy. Can anymore than one person really be that moronic and hateful?
    Undeserved anonymity breeds inflammatory speech.
    One of the tell-tale signs of the worst of the craigslist posters is the use of the word: “tard” attached to nouns. Everyone is a “Lib-tard” or a “Dem-tard” it’s a real sign of this guy’s ignorance and stupidity. Maybe other “Ditto-heads” are taking up the mantle and using this anti-intellectual construction. Either way it’s embarrassing to think that anyone reading that crap would think it was indicative of Humboldt’s or Redding’s level of personal intelligence.

  29. A-Nony-Mouse
    February 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I think that’s one who Twits? Not to be confused with the “Nervous Titter that ran through the crowd”. Or the sounds of young fledgling birds as they leave their natal nests, tra-la.

  30. February 18, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Before Bush Inc. I used to enjoy reading The Global Eye in the St. Petersburg Times by Chris Floyd. I found out so much about histories of the Bush family fortune w Prescott Bush and the pre-WWII trading w the Nazi’s. It was fascinating reading until suddenly I was denied access after the Patriot Act was first tightened around our necks. The Guardian and Independent Forum had some really good argument threads world wide. It was so interesting to see how the rest of the world viewed our foreign policy in vitro. Now I feel the hot breath of Total Information Awareness on the back of my neck.

  31. February 18, 2011 at 2:44 am

    Yes Tra, But to plot the third dimension, one would utilize a membrane, acknowledge the Multiverse and String Theory. Fascinating area, but tends to render political positions irrelevant.

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