The future of blogging

by Team Politics
Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Steve Rubel has a very neat “mind map” of the possible future/s of blogging over at Mashable. Essentially he proposes two feasible futures for the medium:

1. Evolution:Blogs turn into lifestreaming sites or social networks of their own.

2. Darwinism (more interesting to me):

The flip side of the coin is that Darwinism takes over and blogging is unable to grow into something new because it’s too late and our attention is scattered.

Journalism has become a lot more bloggy over the last five years. It’s already impossible to tell the elephants (journalists) apart from bloggers (zebras) because, well, they mated into Zebrelephants. Meanwhile I suspect many personal blogs are withering too.

What’s more, there’s no doubt that the microblogs and social networks are stealing time away from blogs. Given our finite window of attention this may continue and threaten many existing bloggers.

The mind map is open and editable, and users have added a third tack: Redefinition. The thing is supposed to be embeddable but I cannot for the life of me get that function to work.

via TechRepublican

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