Friday, February 24, 2006

A virtual tomb for a billion posts

Blogging is "the closest literary culture has come to instant obsolescence", says Trevor Butterworth in this provocative piece, published in the Financial Times Weekend supplement.

"The spectre haunting the blogosphere [is] tedium. If the pornography of opinion doesn’t leave you longing for an eroticism of fact, the vast wasteland of verbiage produced by the relentless nature of blogging is the single greatest impediment to its seriousness as a medium."

Yes I know there’s plenty of verbiage in that sentence too, but don't let that put you off the rest of the story, which makes some interesting points. In deference to the spirit of the medium, the FT has also set up a blog where readers can interact with Butterworth about the article. (It’s been closed now but check out some of the comments.)

Full piece here.


  1. wonderful read ... but why provocative???

  2. Preety interesting article. Thanks for the link.

    I think Trevor is right to a large extent. Mainstream media is not going anywhere. Even bloggers like Instapundit mainly function as links to the traditional media. They might be able to influence a large number of people towards a certain view point but the facts have to come from mainstream media. Frankly, I would rather trust the NYT with a piece of breaking news than any blogger.

    And you know what, more successful a particular blog becomes more it mirrors the mainstream media.

    Its a battle which will never be won. At the same time, blogs have a definite place. They have a allowed a lot of people to be creative, made them aware of contrarian viewpoints and generally made people more involved.

    Blogs as a supplement to mainstream media sure... a replacement? Hell no