December 19, 2004
Cynic on Bloggers & Tools We Use
Talk about cynical. This guy doesn't like bloggers and thinks Moveable Type must die. It was so damn cycnical and negative you almost have to laugh since its like listening to Scrooge over and over again. At some point, you feel that he must throw some redeeming quality about the blogosphere into his post. But not.
He claims bloggers have come up with irritating jargon for the sake of it and thinks that travelblog, blogroll, moblog and blogsream are simply galling. I love travelblog frankly - what a great word.
Oh yeah, and all of our blogs talk about the same crap (funny but people do seem to reading them), we're sheep since we fake our knowledge about a particular subject and then "temperately argue each other down to a single, unified viewpoint."
He also suggests that our blogs are 'fucking up' Google. He has a good point here. When you search for a topic, its entirely possible that some of top search results will be a handful of A list bloggers who have written about a topic then been trackbacked over and over again by hundreds of other people.
Once, after a conference I blogged, I did a search for a professor I had written about and my blog came up as the second link. I had to admit that I was extremely surprised at the time given how many articles 'must' be available on this man.
Then again, it was only a few days after the event, which had likely received lots of hits and it may have been the most recent activity on him. From that perspective, why isn't my link a good thing to find? It's not as if other links were not available and the world at large finds out where he most recently spoke and on what. It's irrelevant whether or not my blog is respected, well written or in the top ten.
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Don't even link to this guy. He is ranting about blogs being worthless when really his argument is worthless. In his lashing out he is blinding himself to the bigger picture. The web is a big dynamic place that does not listen to this noise. The web is above any individual and belongs to us all. This is like ranting about outsourcing... get over it. Save your breath and adapt to the changes, that is all you can do. If blogs were screwing up Google search results then Google will adapt. If it does not, then a search engine that can provide more relevent results will take the lead. What he really needs to understand is that blogs and all other net applications are simply conversations. These conversations are not meant to fill his life with meaning. They are not meant to save the world. These conversations are just like any others that we have on a daily basis. Blogs are one application that is making that process more natural, but unlike email and instant messaging, they allow us to reach larger audiences. The sad thing is this guy bitches like my Grandma and he is probably not nearly as old. Lighten up and start enjoying life. In fact, if you are gettting angry about blogs, maybe you should get a life first.
Posted by: John Fuller | Dec 21, 2004 1:17:34 AM