My father was raised in the ethnic ghettos of NYC during the depression. My mom, Philly. Through them, and other street-savvy family members, I’ve been taught to read between the lines, look under the hood an kick the tires because all that glitters is not gold.
As the news cycle slows down for summer, you are going to see some news that in my opinion is manufactured …
… Well, okay, a lot of news is manufactured, only this time it is going to be about blogging. With many new books coming out on the topic, and with many large media companies now publishing their own, there is a self-serving interest in ‘informing‘ the public about blogging.
Keep in mind, blogging has been around for quite some time, provided you multiply in dog years when measuring the age of computer technologies. What has happened is that blogging has become accessible through various free or low-fee services such as Blogger, Movable Type and Radio UserLand – to name a few.
Add to this men like David Winer, who through technological talent and perseverance, is basically doing to Blogging what Bill Gates did with operating systems. He has turned blogging into an industry by setting standards, creating software and providing places to ping when things change. IMHO, Mr. Winer work, along with his writings, will certainly go down in computer history as one of the founding fathers of the blog.
Along with Mr. Winer is Professor Glenn Reynolds, who through the sheer brute force of a relentless stream of compelling content, has instructed an entire generation how to do it right – and have fun doing it. No doubt, that when you do read these news stories about blogs, his InstaPundit site is mentioned. I know, because I dropped his name in an recent interview with a reporter from the Associated Baptist Press.
Good right? Well for you and me, yes. For the mainstream media, maybe not. You see not only is the immediacy of blogs beating several news services and newspapers to the proverbial punch – they have also replaced the scanned, selected and heavily modified letter to the editor. That is, they provide the average Jane and Joe a means of holding the press accountable.
Which is why I suspect a large news paper may be trying to manufacture a self serving when I read Doc Searls’ story about the possible pitting of techbloggers against warbloggers, with Mr. Winer being the former and Professor Reynolds the later. It is my assertion that the press may be able to stop the current Bloganalia if they can turn us technbloggers against those blogging about news, politics and national policy.
I think someone out there in big media land realizes that for the most part, technoblogs really don’t cover warblogs – nor do warblogs technoblogs. Its like the guy who lives a mile away from my house. We get along fine because we don’t really know each other. In fact we would live peaceably until some self-interested party decides to to stir things up with a little game of “he said she said.”
Now again, this is but my personal suspicion and opinion, but having been around enough churches and church splits, I am personally (and painfully) familiar with how much more destructive infighting is versus any external assault. Or as the Genius of my faith put it: