Tuesday, February 06, 2007

MyDD on the evolution of blogging...


Now, more than three years later, it has come to the point where the early structure of the progressive political blogosphere has been almost entirely done away with. The days of the major, solo content generator, pundit blogger are all but over.
A quote about cold, dead hands springs to mind. As I said over on Atrios' site, there's going to be at least one, dammit.

In any case, I'm very uneasy with the idea that at the end of the day blogs are essentially going to be little more than online magazines, with multiple writers, sections, collective mastheads, investigative journalism, huge forums and the like. All that is well and good, but it's also essentially The Washington Monthly or Newsmax or the like, except with shorter, differently arranged articles.

That's not what a weblog is.

At the end of the day, a weblog is just a journal, and the essentially egalitarian and individual nature of the enterprise is what makes it valuable. You lose that at your peril.

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