Tuesday, September 5, 2006
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The most blog-friendly country in Europe
Here's a question: blogs have had the greatest political impact in which country in Europe?
Answer after the jump....
According to the Financial Times' Martin Arnold, the answer is... France:
Next year's French presidential elections will be the first to take place since blogging caught the public imagination.Question to readers -- why France? posted by Dan on 09.05.06 at 10:54 AM
There is a well-established tradition of writing diaries and memoirs, moreso than anywhere else.posted by: Cisco on 09.05.06 at 10:54 AM [permalink]
First, the French had a think called mini-Tel, a very primitive sort of internet, way back in the early 90s. Of course, we had a primitive sort of internet -- or more properly a text-based internet, back then too. But some French actually used it. I remember there being minitel kiosks set up in post offices. So there was some tradition of electronic information exchange before the WWW .
Second, the French are actually very forward thinking, despite the neocon propaganda against them. Think of the Concorde, Airbus, a very active space program, the TGV etc. So it makes sense they would adopt the internet. Of course, both the government and the French people have sought to carve out an internet Francaise , and seem to have some success in doing that. More power to 'em.posted by: Mitchell Young on 09.05.06 at 10:54 AM [permalink]
Minitel – one word – appeared in the early 80s. I remember writing with a friend a BBS connected to a bank of 1200/75 bps modems... It evolved from a techie think, mostly free [local calls being charged in France, there was a cost] into a commercial enterprise for lots of "pink" Minitel "sites" and more legit providers. Some of them are still in activity, believe it or not. IRC-like chat channels have existed on Minitel sites for 20+ years.
The telecoms biz having been very strictly regulated until quite recently, the adoption of Internet was slower [didn't want all these Minitel monies go away after all], but then they did it with a vengeance. And people like Loïc did indeed help. And now the Minitels in post offices are replaced with Net kiosk [usually eMacs or iMacs].posted by: dda on 09.05.06 at 10:54 AM [permalink]
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