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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

A little hilarious

by Team Politics
Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Or a LOT hilarious. Ana Marie Cox and Jason Linkins annotate the White House Flickr feed.

The “G” stands for nepotism

by Team Politics
Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Just kidding. But Google did recently invest more money in a company founded by Sergey Brin’s wife.

The investment, which Google disclosed in a regulatory filing on Thursday, brings Google’s total investment in the company to $6.5 million. Two years ago, Google invested $3.9 million in 23andMe.

Google’s investment was part of a second round of financing for the company, in which Mr. Brin invested $10 million of his own money.

23andMe offers genetic tests that allows customers to map their DNA and helps them find information about their ancestry and their risk of getting certain diseases.

So here’s my theory: 23andMe is going to genetically test everyone in the world, then host the genetic information of every human on (guess where?) Google’s servers. When the Google-created nano-plague threatens to decimate the population, we’ll have no choice but to cede our rights to the Google-ocracy.

He’s arrived!

by Team Politics
Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Pete Hoekstra made a mistake yesterday:

This time Michigan Representative Pete Hoekstra compared the Twitter activity in Iran to when Republicans used Twitter to express dissatisfaction over Speaker Pelosi’s decision to adjourn Congress.

“Iranian twitter activity similar to what we did in House last year when Republicans were shut down in the House,” Hoekstra tweeted from his BlackBerry today.

It’s almost exactly the same. Except there’s been five straight days of protests in Iran, foreign journalists are banned from covering the demonstrations, at least eight people have been killed, violence is widespread, protesters have been jailed, and businesses closed down early today just so hundreds of thousands of people could protest the election results at a rally.

This compared to last August when a few Republicans got on their BlackBerries and voiced their disappointment with Speaker Pelosi’s decision to adjourn Congress before taking a vote on an energy bill. They tweeted for awhile, enjoyed a ham sandwich, and then went on vacation for a month.

Well okay, that’s…pretty dumb. And now he’s a meme!

To Hoekstra is to whine using grandiose exaggerations and comparisons.

Like, say:

Tripped and fell today. Now I know how they felt on the Bataan death march.

Or…

Sneezed today. Reminded me of the influenza epidemic of 1918.

K-Lo leaving NRO

by Team Politics
Monday, June 15th, 2009

Political nut-wonk Kathryn Jean Lopez will be leaving her position as editor of National Review Online. Well, not entirely:

I will soon be stepping aside as editor of National Review Online.  I’m not going too far. I’ll still be contributing to NRO with ideas and content, and if you are an author or reader you might not notice much of a change. I’ll probably still be bugging you for pieces if you’re an author and I’ll still be traffic-copping the Corner. But I will be moving my primary base of operation in the fall from New York to D.C., and will no longer honcho NRO on a day-by-day basis.

Still, it looks like a storied tradition in political wackiness is ending today, or at least on hold.

Left-leaning blog readership dips after election

by Team Politics
Monday, June 15th, 2009

At Bloggasm, Simon Owens examines blog traffic after the election:

It’s a well known trend that web traffic on political sites falls immediately after election season, but how much has it fallen this time around, and have any blogs or political ideologies weathered the off-season better than others?

I found that page views for all political blogs fell 109,719,615, or 53%. Right of center blogs weathered the post-election season a little better, falling only 37%, while blogs that were left-of-center fell by 64%.

The comments in this post are interesting.

Clean Coal’s unblog

by Team Politics
Thursday, June 11th, 2009

I don’t want to be a hippie here, but part of participating in social media is actually, you know, participating. A lot of orgs don’t realize this and just use their blog as another PR cannon, rather than a communication tool. Take, for example, the Factuality Blog from the site America’s Power, aka Clean Coal, aka American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.

We’ll ignore the fact that a video auto-plays when you visit the site, and that when you load the blog (in an interesting pop-up that lets you stay on the site), the video continues to play, giving you a bizarro soundtrack for your blog reading.

It’s just that the blog isn’t very…bloggy.

The blog does a great job of examining clean coal technologies and explaining the organization’s stances on issues:

Located four miles south of Council Bluffs, Iowa, MidAmerican Energy’s Walter Scott Energy Center is one of the cleanest of its kind in North America.

It generates more than 1,600 megawatts of affordable electricity, which has a positive long-term economic impact on the region (a region that includes a Google data facility).

The on-site settling pond provides successful nesting sites for two endangered bird species: the piping plover and the least tern.

The facility employs over 200 people with an annual payroll of about $17.5 million. And it pays over $7 million in annual property tax.

Well written, interesting, concise. But link-less. It doesn’t even link within the organization, or to another blog post or to any other sources on the topic. So how is it different from a press release? Other than the fact that it’s on a blog, of course.

I’m not saying that every post should contain a link (or lots of them) to outside content. Certainly one of the advantages of having a blog is that it lets an organization offer its ideas to the public without depending on a journalist or shill to publish them.

But one of the keys to successful talking is listening. And blogs do this by linking to other blogs and information sources. Jeez, the only links on the first page of this blog are to the City of Douglas, WY, and a page dedicated to the Jackalope (hilarious!). Are those the only people Clean Coal is listening to?

Most importantly, when you click on the title of a post on this blog, you don’t get a permalink. Permalinks, individual links to individual blog posts, are one of the key building blocks of blogging culture. Other bloggers can’t respond very effectively to an idea, whether arguing with it or endorsing it, unless you offer easily accessible permalinks.

For example, click on the headline for this post to see our permalink, which looks like this: http://politics.blogads.com/1871/clean_coals_unblog

NYT’s “media blog” far from comprehensive

by Team Politics
Monday, June 8th, 2009

First things first: The New York Times’ “media blog,” The Media Decoder, isn’t really a blog at all, but rather a vehicle with which the Times links to its own articles. That said, I thought I’d have a look and see what percentage of the “media decoding” is related to online media, the internet, this “Twitter” thing I keep hearing about, etc. So I did an unscientific survey.

In the last week, The Media Decoder has published 22 posts. Of those posts, 4 were about the internet in some way (one was a programming note about the blog itself, two were links contained in “Speed Read” link-aggregation posts to stories in the Times, and one was an “end of a media era”-type piece).

So that’s…18%? And I’m being generous.

Obama throws down the gauntlet!

by Team Politics
Monday, March 9th, 2009

Just kidding.

He did, in a recent NYT interview, say that he “rarely” reads blogs. I honestly don’t blame him, he probably has to read a lot of stuff, being President and all. Still, I’ll be interested to hear how the left-bloggers react to this. So far none of the big dogs have weighed in.

Thanks, techPresident!

Why No, Andrew, I Don’t Believe You

by Team Politics
Monday, March 9th, 2009

Andrew Sullivan writes today about some Wikipedia shenanigans. Whether Wikipedia calls him a socialist or not, the real treat of the post lies here:

Believe it or not (and most won’t), I haven’t checked my Wikipedia page in a few years. I’ve learned that it’s better for my sanity not to read everything written online about me.

I find it hard to believe that the famously prolific Sullivan (32 posts on Sunday March 8 alone) can avoid reading about himself online.

Enter the Wikipedian

by Team Politics
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Noted D.C. media-type Bill Beutler has just launched a new blog (”the fifth blog … since 2002″), The Wikipedian.

Beutler already writes BlogPI, a general media blog, and used to write for National Journal’s Hotline and in particular, The Blogometer.

Beutler plays with Wikipedia for a living:

In my capacity as Innovation Manager at New Media Strategies I’ve spent the past year (and then some) developing consultative services for clients regarding Wikipedia engagement, leading the white hat approach to Wikipedia optimization.

So prepare to have your Wiki-brains rocked by a pro. Also, he’s a former English major, like yours truly, so give him some love. It’s hard out here for us lit crit twits.

Source:Welcome to the Wikipedian