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Wednesday, 22 October 2008

The death of blogging - cancel the research?

Rory Cellan-Jones, the BBC's technology correspondent wants to do a piece on the Today programme on the death of blogging:

Ruskin147: "so who will come on Today prog tomorrow to talk about the death of blogging?" he asks on Twitter. Here's some of the reaction to his shout out.

Rory's been reading this article, on Wired (I think), which says:
"Thinking about launching your own blog? Here's some friendly advice: Don't. And if you've already got one, pull the plug."
Twitter is the new blogging, the author, Paul Boutin, argues:
"Twitter — which limits each text-only post to 140 characters — is to 2008 what the blogosphere was to 2004. You'll find Scoble, Calacanis, and most of their buddies from the golden age there."
This BBC journalist agrees and demonstrates how Twitter can form a blog post.

So should I just cancel the project now? After all, I've still got two years left to look at the impact of blogging on the BBC's coverage of war and terrorism. I was worried it would all take too long. Maybe it's time to admit I was just too slow. (Or craftily justify studying Twitter as well).

2 comments:

ubiwar.com said...

What's Twitter? ;-) Nah, don't believe the hype - we still need some people left to write sentences. Otherwise we'll be drowning in haikus until we progress to pure bits. After that, we'll realise that it's gone too far, start putting the bits together, and begin blogging again ...

Daniel Bennett said...

(Total aside - blogger seem to have changed the comments box. Much better.)

Neither do I. You can't write a blog post, of all things, on 'the death of blogging' and still retain any credibility in the argument.

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