October 22, 2008

Are blogs now old hat?

A friend from Mexico, Ramón Pedrosa-López (email@ramonpedrosa.com) wrote:

Have blogs REALLY gone out of fashion?

In this "Wired" article (http://www.wired.com/entertainment/theweb/magazine/16-11/st_essay), Paul Boutin says that blogs have gone REALL out of fashion.

More than that, he asserts that "Twitter, Flickr, Facebook Make Blogs Look So 2004", and that the best thing we can do is basically close all our blogs and move over to the next decade.

What do you think? Are blogs something of the past?

Should we close them and move to the next frontiers?

Guidance. Please. And thanks.

Ramón (whose blog is on www.ramonpedrosa.info)

And I add, not saying yea or naye on this issue but let's look at what has happened in the last few years.
  • Mainstream media are on the financial ropes.
  • Blogs create "unfiltered" access to opinion.
  • Laid-off MSM journalists turn to blogs
  • Many bloggers do actual research before writing -- albiet the piece is still slanted.
  • Blog pieces are short -- usually less than 500 words.
  • MSM outlets turn to blogs for more and more information about the campaigns.
  • Suddenly everyone startsTwirttering and the resulting "stories" are becoming shorter and less gramatically correct.
  • And the MSM continue to fail financially.

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