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February 03, 2004

The Blog That Ate The World

I just had a nightmarish vision. It was that everyone had a blog and they were talking about their own lives on and on forever. Anything that happened anywhere would be blogged, newspaper reported, guerilla videoed and otherwise mic'd for posterity.

Then some loudmouth goober says:

Every last one of you. You're all latte-sipping, iMac-using, suburban-living tertiary-industry-working WASPs who offer absolutely no new insights on anything whatsoever apart from maybe one specialist field if we're lucky. Most of you think that you're writing original content and that you're making a contribution by licensing your spewings under Creative Commons "Some Rights Reserved" licences, just because it's the hip thing to do. You think you know all there is to say about blogging because you understand the concept of HTML and CSS, but the horrible truth is that 40% of you are all using the same shitty default layout. Then you take pictures of yourselves looking pensive or making vague allusions to mythology.

And I remember that blogs will never eat the world and that the circle jerk of bloggers are a minority within a fraction of a percent of the planet's population. We have less influence and media sway than Janet Jackson's right boob.


Posted by mbowen at February 3, 2004 12:12 PM

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that's funny, I just blogged on this topic before reading your blog... Fascinating stuff, that James Joyce.

Posted by: djspicerack at February 4, 2004 11:07 AM

Dude, your nightmarish vision is reality (cept the WASPs part), just without blogs. The Internet is only revealing who we are to each other. Eventually, it'll be tamed. There will be an etiquette that forms. It'll take centuries to develop. A new subtly. It'll all be very Asian. Perhaps we'll talk solely in emoticons, but not in the extreme cartoonish ones, but in very vague ones capable of distinguishing our moods by microns. Or something like that.

Posted by: IB Bill at February 6, 2004 02:49 AM