Today’s guest for the full 45 minutes is Brendan Greeley of The Economist.
This week’s notes are provided by a listener, Mark Willis, via his blog post called Finding a Public Sphere in the Blogosphere, which we urge you to check out. Mark writes….
Rebooting the News #56 is a lively discussion of the rhetorical question, “Is blogging dead?” The interlocutors are Dave Winer, Jay Rosen, and guest Brendan Greeley, who now writes for The Economist about technology and culture. I first knew his work when he was blogger-in-chief for Radio Open Source with Chris Lydon.
The liveliest part of the discussion wasn’t the future of blogging but its history, as experienced by three early practitioners. I listened to the podcast a second time so I could write these notes:
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BG asks “Is blogging dead?”
Attention has moved to FB, that’s where people are.
Cross-blog links are decreasing, Technoratti traffic has dropped while FB traffic has skyrocketed.
Dave: FB is blogging, why attachment to the word blogging, or to particular software, or form of presentation
Dave never did a Google Blog Search
BG: Could we define blogging as a set of habits?
Dave: natural-born bloggers,
Dave never liked word “blogging” – which he considers a trademark for Blogger software
Dave’s description: “unedited voice of a person”
Which Jay translated as “a person talking with you” – A medium for individuals
Jay’s first look at a blog – InstaPundit.com – didn’t know what he was looking at; appears at first glance to be like a page from a book, magazine or newspaper, but it’s real power comes from linking to the blogosphere. Blogging is blog + blogosphere.
Concentration of “sphere” into several huge sites, not as decentralized as blogging was originally.
Dave sees this as cyclical ebb and flow of technology.
BG: holy grail of radio: finding voices of real people. Blogs provided a database of what real people thought.
Dave on Twitter search: 140 characters not worth searching for.
Next level of innovation: someone breaks 140-character barrier, and we’re back to blogging!
“Facebook is training wheels for whatever will come next”
Dave: Twitter is a river of news aggregator; notification system and blogging tool, an integrated aggregator and blogging tool. Can you imagine FB or Twitter without RSS?
Blogging was this in 2002, Twitter is now”:
DW: “an integrated aggregator and blogging tool”
Jay: Life cycle: new tools emerge, learning curve, adaptations evolve that shape tools to life rhythms
Dave: Twitter isn’t just an outgrowth of blogging, but also SMS, texting. Esther Dyson predicted this in 1990s when web went so graphic.
All these things are iterations of RSS, river of news systems
Jay: media industries grew up around fixed ideas about how media works, understood attributes as assumptions, as givens – ideas about media thought to be unchanging
Brendan: what we used to call blogging has turned into publishing. Josh Marshall, Andrew Sullivan
Jay: when journalism was professionalized, it came with “de-voicing” of individual journalists. Now a new age of personal journalism – “re-voicing” of American journalism
Dave’s epiphany: writing tool should not be in WP dashboard; something lost with transition from RadioUserland and Manila to WP. He’s working on new blogging software.
Dave: When everyone thinks it’s all locked up, it’s about to blow wide open.
Dave: “Once the users take control, they won’t give it back.”
Here’s the ‘cast; we hope you like it.