Like the French at the battle of Agincourt, the mainstream media are losing the culture war, because the enemy has better weapons. Are we prepared to fight a 21st century information war?
Twitter is adding more services for verified users, creating a de facto elite.
Why did mainstream journalism never really embrace the ideas of gonzo journalism?
There’s an interesting post over on Kottke.org by guest blogger Aaron Cohen that points out that the speed from launch to mainstream media adoption of new social web tools is growing ever faster.
Andy Ihnatko on why the term “Mainstream Media” is meaningless:
You waste your shot by blaming it on The Mainstream Media instead. When I get to the end of your heroic screed I’m tempted to click the “Comment On This Post” button and ask you to explain what role, precisely, the Kansas City Star played in this hypocrisy and how they benefitted.
“Oh, all those Mainstream Media organizations behave the same way,” you counter. Ah. Is that why you won’t rent an apartment to one?
Again I say: it’s a meaningless term. Look at the state of publishing today. Does this look like an industry that’s good at working together on any kind of a common agenda?
Well worth a read, whatever side of the discussion you perceive yourself as supporting.
The comment volume on our blogs is waaaay down this week. And half the office are about to go on holiday. And that got me thinking:
Do blogs now have a silly season?
In the early days, us obsessives would keep the reader and comment levels high right through the summer. But as blogs become part of mainstream reading habits, are more mainstream trends going to be seen?
Should I save all the serious stuff for September, and leave August for less weighty blog posts? Like, say, about a notional blog silly season? 🙂
Another sign that blogging is in the mainstream now:
I read a blog post by The Telegraph's Shane Richmond a couple of days ago that has been bugging me ever since. Not because I disagree with it, because on the whole I think he's right. It's just that something seemed "off" about it. Shane suggest that mainstream media blogs might have a role to play in promoting middle-ranking bloggers:
The conclusion is this: perhaps MSM blogs, often seen as the cuckoo in
the nest by those who are going it alone, have a role to play here.
Perhaps our position gives us the opportunity, maybe even the
responsibility, to help drive more "non-crazies" into the top tier of
Jonathan Medved of Vringo build a compelling case for the desire of the tech-savvy younger generation wanting to extend their personality both onto and into their devices.
... This intrigued, because, in the context of Cohen's speech, it implied that there is a generation who now accept internet communications as part of their life to such a degree that their main concern is imposing their own sense of identity into those communications, and perhaps seeing the media they consume and create through their assorted devices as part of who their perceive themselves.