Gillmor Takes On Dvoraks Anti-Blog Stance
Messaging and Collaboration editor Steve Gillmor takes John C. Dvorak to task about Abandoned Blogs and Big Media.I dont normally rise to the bait of the anti-blog crowd, but John C. Dvoraks latest work of art really got me going. On the surface, its the kind of thing the Wall Street Journals Lee Gomes does pointing at the centerfield bleachers and calling the moment when a disruptive technologys bubble bursts. Gomes most memorably did this with peer-to-peer, that demonized technology that has been driven so far underground by the RIAA that Microsoft has now embedded it deeply in Longhorn. So far no one has made the connection that RSS, the Real Simple Syndication or something like it, is threatening to become the first killer app of the post-Napster p-to-p space. Oops, I just did. But RSS is all about transporting blogs (and soon everything else you can think of), not creating them. Heres where Dvorak runs off the rails. His latest manifesto on our sister site PCMag.com,
Last in, first out. My second favorite line: where he criticizes these faux blogs "spewing the same measured news and opinions weve always had." Im not sure who John is referring to when he bemoans "the emergence of the professional blogger working for large media conglomerates," but Ill list a few of the original blog voices who Ive grown addicted to over the last few years.