Just a reminder that "new technology" also does not remain static…When blogs first became commonplace, there was much hand-wringing and a proliferation of articles about the death of journalism….yet, the article below seems to imply that such is not the case…in fact, there seems to be a resurgence of traditional journalistic reporting if not traditional journalism mediums….

How does such a revelation impact the way we tend to study and research the "impact of technology"? In other words, we usually frame research on new technologies as something along the lines of it having a negative or positive "impact" on everything from social interaction to economics to sexual mores; this article suggest that that the dominance of a "new technological paradigm" may well be more form than substance….

What do you think?

What Comes After Blogging, Ctd.

Posted: 17 Feb 2011 07:38 AM PST

I asked what we should call blogging now that it’s “dead,” and The Other McCain answers me:

The much-analyzed Observer “End of Blogging” article — which got ripped apart by Chris Rovzar, among others — utterly misunderstood or perhaps, cluelessly misrepresented the phenomenon of online communication. It doesn’t matter, for example, whether or not you call your site a “blog” or whether you call the elements “posts” or “articles.”A thing is what it is, regardless of what you call it.

Originally, the term “blog” was an abbreviation of “weblog,” which was shorthand for a sort of online personal diary, with an emphasis on the word “personal.” However, people quickly discovered that the same software you might use to talk about your favorite coffee shop or the antics of your kittens could also be used for any other type of communication, including news.

What was truly different about the “blog” was that software companies had created free or cheap online publishing tools which didn’t require advanced technological skill to use. This development — lowering the entry threshold to effectively zero in terms of what it cost to get published – liberated writers from the need to jump through the editorial hoops that had hitherto stood between them and the reading public.

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