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Adolescent Diary Weblogs and the Unseen Audience

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The Performativity of Naming: Adolescent Weblog Names as Metaphor

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August 24, 2005

Blogs and the gift economy

Dave Pollard at How to Save the World has a fascinating post on Blogs and the Gift Economy as 'Disruptive Innovations'. It was really tough to pick a section to excerpt here...this is just a very dense and interesting discussion that I highly recommend. I'm going to have to reread it tomorrow when I am fresher and mind is fully engaged.

But blogs don't quite meet the definition of a Low End Disruptive Innovation (LEDI) because the incumbents do care about losing business (readership) to bloggers. And they don't quite meet the definition of New Market Disruptive Innovation (NMDI) either, because blog readers are not 'new' to newsreading -- they were mostly (except perhaps for 'pure' personal diary bloggers) already avid consumers of news in another format.

The legacy media initially ignored blogging as a fad, and then as blogging has continued to grow, they have taken potshots at it ("a million guys in pajamas") and tried to coopt it with their own blogs. A few have even formed partnerships with bloggers, using them as 'extensions' of their print and online editions. And many newspapers now offer stripped-down tabloid size editions free to commuters, funded entirely by advertising and full of teasers to additional information only available in the paid editions. Many magazines have done the same thing -- embargoing each edition so that paid subscribers get the 'scoop' first, or offering some articles only to subscribers. But bloggers persist because the legacy media can match neither the price (zero) or the variety (virtually infinite) of entertainment and information that bloggers offer. And the legacy media persist because:

* The majority of their audience is still on the other side of the digital divide (those who can't, don't or won't use computers and the Internet for information and communication).
* People don't have the time or inclination to search and browse the blogosphere (or time to read more than capsules and sound bites on any subject).
* Most people are disinterested in news and information that is not (a) actionable, (b) easy to understand, and (c) suitable fodder for social conversation.

What then is the future of blogs? Much has been written about what blogs could become or might evolve into, but as interesting as this is to read, most of it won't happen because of the three constraints bulleted above. In fact, the newest reports indicate that the proportion of blogs that are active is dropping sharply (lots of people find they just don't have that much to say, or the time to say it to people they don't know well) and that the ratio of blog readers to blog writers has plateaued and is now also falling.

Posted by prolurkr at August 24, 2005 10:13 PM

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