Saturday, August 27, 2005
Micro Persuasion on Flat Blogosphere
Steve Rubel, in his recently re-designed blog, Micro Persuasion, has an interesting post:
"The blogosphere is flat"
In this post, Rubel discusses how the blog authors used to be mainly "geeks" or computer technicians and internet pros. This has gradually changed and now there are far more blogs on movies, celebrities, automobiles, and other non-computer topics. He even mentions that Hillary Clinton blogs, which I was not aware of.
He says that the "A List" blogs will continue to be valued by their hardcore fans, but each segment of the blogosphere will have its own top tier, super high traffic blogs. The geeky "A List" blogs (EvHead, Boing Boing, PhotoMatt, etc.) will be overtaken by blogs on less technical issues.
Rubel seems to think this, what he calls the "flattening" of the blogosphere, is a good thing.
However, I think this popularization is largely a "dumbing down" and a "trivialization" of the blogosphere.
My comment that I posted there today:
Each blogger has their own "A List".
It's called a blogroll.
Or "Daily Reads" for the cream of the crop of blogs rolled.
However the bloating of the blogosphere is not necessarily a good thing.
Seth Godin has pointed out that as mundane trivia, personal drivel, link farm, ghosted, and pseudo blogs increase, the overall value of the blogosphere decreases.
It's perhaps similar to FM radio.
At first, it was the domain of underground, college, classical music, album tracks, and other high value, non-top 40 radio.
But eventually, FM radio became loaded with most of the repetitious boring garbage that was on the AM dial.
Free television has become cluttered with commercials, infomercials, dope operas, etc.
Mailboxes stuffed with junk mail.
Telephone lines clogged with unwanted telemarketing.
Email besieged with spam.
...and so it goes.
I, for one, do not relish the growing popularity of blogs. While I champion the rising of individual voice, of the masses having their say, instead of MSM and governments, still, the blogosphere is being diluted and polluted.
That's sad, but inevitable I suppose.
So, how do you see it?
Is the "flattening" of the blogosphere, the "de-geekifying", a good thing?
Or do you think this is the "trivialization" of a formerly highly relevant sphere of info?
Let me know your opinion by posting a comment.
[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate
Posted by steven edward streight at 8/27/2005 01:05:00 PM