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The Blog Fog – Life or Death for Blogs as a Fad

The Twin Cities News article, “Cutting Through the Blog Fog”, an attempt to translate all the media hype and speculation on whether or not blogs are just a passing fad, growing industry, or just plain dead.

Yet you’d never know it these days, checking out the latest buzz in the mainstream media and the tirelessly boastful blogs. But now, after several years of revolutionary rhetoric in each venue about the wonders of the blogosphere, doubters have surfaced. Suddenly, they are questioning the accumulated wisdom of the boosters.

It’s boom or doom. Like so much of what pings around in today’s vast media echo chambers, odds are that neither of these visions will stand the test of time.

“We don’t know where any of this stuff is going,” says Sree Sreenivasan, a new technology guru (and blog fan) at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

But we can say some things with a fair amount of certainty.

One is that mounting evidence suggests the years of explosive growth could be over for the blogs.

Do you think blogs are dead or just getting started?


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5 Comments

  1. blagermeister
    Posted April 17, 2006 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Just naysayers who need something to write about. People always look at things like it’s a turkey with no more room for stuffing; one more handful and it’s gonna explode. But I think it’s more like the expanding universe: when we reach the limit we find there’s a little more expansion left. Just like the office isn’t paperless and newspapers aren’t all-digital, iTunes hasn’t killed music stores, Chargers and Mustangs come in V8s (no pansy electric hybrid crap), Microsoft didn’t kill Apple, Apple didn’t kill Linux, Linux didn’t kill…well, I guess Linux couldn’t kill anything anyway ;) , people still smoke, and the last time I checked there were Twinkies at the grocery store. Good or bad, overrated or just misunderstood, I think blogging is here to stay. Blogging might not be the creme de le mot écrit (don’t ya lurv Google Translate), but there’s room for it in literature and mass media.

    The direct answer: neither starting nor dead. It’s peaked and will hold steady as video podcasting takes off.

  2. Robert Scoble
    Posted April 17, 2006 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    You should read Technorati’s state of the blogosphere released today: http://www.sifry.com/alerts/archives/000432.html

    Blogs aren’t a fad. Why not? Search engines continue to bring more traffic to them.

  3. William Parry
    Posted April 17, 2006 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    When one looks at what a blog is – an online journal (as such) – how can that be a passing fad? I suppose with the same argument, we could say that diaries are just a craze and will die out in the next couple of centuries.

  4. Posted April 17, 2006 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Blogs will never fade away, they should in fact find more innovative uses.

  5. Posted April 18, 2006 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    I don’t think blogs are going away. But are blogs going to replace journalist? Maybe a couple will but you have to remember that not everyone is a professional journalist.


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