Thursday, May 26, 2005
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What to read about the blogosphere today
Two outstanding contributions about the way the blogosphere works:
posted by Dan on 05.26.05 at 11:29 AM
I wonder about the idea that the blogosphere doesn't create a sort of balkinization.
At least, it does with me. I refuse to read most of the more conservative blogs, and none of the liberal ones.
The moderate ones, which to me sound like varying strains of libertarian thought, are more interesting, and I find myself reading only those (such as this blog...)
But then, obviously, I could be the proverbial exception that proves the rule.posted by: Dave on 05.26.05 at 11:29 AM [permalink]
Of COURSE they're watching each other.
"These paragraphs might make some blog triumphalists pause a bit before declaring the death of dead tree media:"
Dead tree media are far from dead. The fact is for the most part bloggers depend on the dead tree media. Don't forget, most of us are sitting around in our pajamas pontificating, not out there tracking down the news.
Two functions of real value that bloggers have brought to the table are first, fact checking news stories, and second, keeping news stories alive long after the dead tree media would like them dead. Think of Dan Rather and Eason Jordan.
Dead tree media can very easily cut into the blogger traffic share by focusing on honest and accurate reporting. It may not have occurred to them, though. They've been busy promoting a point of view.posted by: Tom Bowler on 05.26.05 at 11:29 AM [permalink]
I would suggest that the data shows that there is a ceiling for political blogs, because (with a few notable exceptions) the most popular blogs are those which allowed for the reader to express his/her own opinions in comments -- and participate in the discussion. But when a blog attracts over 100 comments to a single post before you've seen it, there's not much point in commenting. DailyKos is the only political blog that made the cut, and that is probably because it was the pioneer in "diary" structures, that allow readers to create their own posts....and interact with other readers interested in the topic.posted by: p.lukasiak on 05.26.05 at 11:29 AM [permalink]
I was just over at http://mthollywood.blogspot.com/ and he was actually asking for more cross-connections -- or at least an attack or two from blogs like this one.
Never can tell ...posted by: Stephen M (Ethesis) on 05.26.05 at 11:29 AM [permalink]
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