Egos of the World, Blog On (Without Me)

By David Coursey  |  Posted 2005-06-21 Print this article Print

Opinion: In what he swears is his last column on the topic "for a while," David Coursey explains why Podcasting and blogging are self-limiting phenomena.

After reading my recent columns on Weblogs and Podcasting, a friend sent me this quote from Dave Winer, developer of the RSS format used for content distribution: "John Lennon said the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. No argument, it was true, they were. Well, even though the vast majority of people have never heard of Steve [Gillmor] or myself, were more influential than John Lennon or Bob Dylan ever were. Were media hackers." The version of the quote that I received was from a San Jose Mercury News newsletter and appended the attribution, "Scripting News proprietor Dave Winers last words before his ego exploded."
Well, hot news for Dave: Lennon and Dylan have influenced my life in ways blogs and Podcasts never will. But, you are right about one thing: The vast majority of people not only have never heard of you, they never will.
Dave Winer personifies the idea that blogging and Podcasting is about people with big egos looking for outlets. Nothing wrong with that, and sometimes its interesting and entertaining, but it can also be self-indulgent to the extreme. (As opposed to these columns, which, I suppose, represent only self-indulgence in moderation.) Read the full story on Egos of the World, Blog On (Without Me)
One of technology's most recognized bylines, David Coursey is Special Correspondent for, where he writes a daily Blog ( and twice-weekly column. He is also Editor/Publisher of the Technology Insights newsletter and President of DCC, Inc., a professional services and consulting firm.

Former Executive Editor of ZDNet AnchorDesk, Coursey has also been Executive Producer of a number of industry conferences, including DEMO, Showcase, and Digital Living Room. Coursey's columns have been quoted by both Bill Gates and Steve Jobs and he has appeared on ABC News Nightline, CNN, CBS News, and other broadcasts as an expert on computing and the Internet. He has also written for InfoWorld, USA Today, PC World, Computerworld, and a number of other publications. His Web site is

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