Long feature on blogging in today's Age: The Blogs That Ate Cyberspace.
IT HAS been the most extraordinary rise, and it happened while you probably weren't even looking. In just under a decade, the blog has swamped the virtual world, multiplying at a rate usually seen only inside Petri dishes. Some now say it is poised to deliver a killer blow to mainstream media, others reckon it to be a fad that will soon be forgotten.
The hack, Dan Silkstone (also a blogger, although it doesn't say where he blogs), gives the caper a balanced write-up, neither proclaiming blogs mean the end of journalism as we know it, or conversely, that blogs are doomed. There are lots of stats, history on the early development of blogging and even a pop at the internet's "insatiable invention of new words". A point with which I'm in complete congreement.
While he mentions ten heavy hitters, a couple of whom I've heard of, he doesn't mention me or the AGB, which is quite an oversight. But neither does he mention any local blogs, thus preventing me from getting jealous. He also wisely steers clear of trying to define what makes a good blog and even wiser still, avoids any dismal Schembri-like attempts at "satire". Or as we sneer on the internets, schembrire.
In fact, it's not too shabby at all.
And of course he mentions cats. Where are we with cats? First people posted pictures of their cats. Then people started making jokes about people who posted pictures of their cats. It can't be long before people make jokes about people who make jokes about people who post pictures of their cats. Where to from here?