Actually, blogging was said to have died last year, killed by those young punks of the Web 2.0 ‘hood, Facebook and MySpace. But the death of blogging was either greatly exaggerated or blogging was resurrected, since it just helped elect a president before it was pronounced dead again and the death notice circulated throughout the Blogosphere.
The death of blogging should not be confused with death by blogging, a recently reported medical phenomenon.
So why does Mr. Boutin say blogging is dead? Three reasons:
1. Blogging is dead because there are too many blogs. Paul Boutin must be a disciple of 20th century philosopher Lawrence Peter (“Yogi”) Berra (“No one goes there anymore; it’s too crowded”).
2. Blogging is dead because all our newspapers, magazines, TV networks, and radio stations are blogging. Dead-tree newspapers are becoming blogs and blog aggregators, so blogging is dead. Somehow that doesn’t mean newspapers are dead; blogging is.
3. There are more tweets than blogs. How many tweets link to blog posts? Only the ones that aren’t Twitter Trivia.
Let us now cite Andrew Sullivan. Compare and contrast the citations above with Sullivan’s Atlantic article “Why I Blog” (just one bluebook, please). Extra credit: Is this an early 21st century, hyperlinked, self-reflexive, 24/7, PoMo-NeoGonzo version of similar statements by Eric Arthur Blair , John Cheever, Anne Enwright, Reginald Shepherd, Daniel Boorstin, etc.-etc.-etc.-etc? Explain.
It is nearly 2009. Keep an eye out for next year’s blogging obituary, so you can post the postmortem on your blog.
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