Saturday, July 16, 2005

Blogs Superior to Email

Blogs Superior to Email

I argued, on The Red Couch blog, a while back, that blogs are better than email for communicating with someone who has a blog and does not know who I am.

An MSM/New Media type person was downplaying the role of blogs, making fun of bloggers, and exalting mainstream magazines, email, and other comfortable old economy communications media.

I asserted the supremacy of blogs over email and all the other media he was praising recklessly.

He said blogs are not used by average Joes and are considered trivial teen diary vehicles or political loony tunes ranting. Many other biased, misinformed statements were made, to everyone's dismay and embarrassment.

I've been called "preachy". I dislike "preaching", "pulpits", "sermons", "pastors", anything liturgical-dementia oriented. Unilateral, one way, non-interactive media I avoid and spent almost no time with, for professional reasons.

I'm a triumphalist: one who is confident of the ideas, observations, and insights that are zealously proclaimed, indifferent to accolade or attack.

I proclaim The Supremacy of Blogs Over Email.

Why Blogs are Better than Email

Think about it.

Email is old fashioned, cumbersome, and full of vulnerabilities.

Email is becoming a communication channel between close family members, friends, or work associates, when the message is formal, not urgent, and requires attachments, like photo files.

If I want to get a message to someone who operates a blog, I can simply post a comment.

In my blog comment, posted at the most recent post, no matter what the post topic may be, I can explain who I am, provide my web or blog URL, and say what I want to say. Chances are, the blogger checks new comments on a regular basis, and thus, will read my message, conveyed as a user comment.

I've written about this repeatedly, so I won't bore my loyal regular readers by continuing in this vein.

It's a secret practice of what I call neo-blogging, using blogs in new and innovative ways, whether as the blog author or a blog reader.

[Now this...]

"End of Email in Korea"

Always-On Network

Two-Thirds of Students in Korea "Rarely Use or Don't Use E-mail at all"

Bernard Moon [GO Networks] | POSTED: 11.30.04 @00:41


A poll conducted by Chungbuk University computer education professor Lee Ok-hwa on over 2,000 middle, high school and college students in Gyeonggi and Chungcheong provinces in October revealed that more than two-thirds of the respondents said, "I rarely use or don't use e-mail at all."
Daum Communication, the top email business in the country, saw its email service pageviews fall over 20 percent from 3.9 billion in October last year to 3 billion in October this year.

By contrast, with SK Telecom, the nation's No. 1 communication firm, monthly SMS transmissions skyrocketed over 40 percent in October from 2.7 billion instances last October.

Again, good post and article link from my friend's blog(Doug runs an IT consulting shop and built the first blog service in Korea for Korea Telecom's broadband portal):

I've said before that email is no longer a very effective communications tool due to spam and increasing popularity of instant messaging, SMS, and blogs/mini-hompy (personal media).

The younger generation, especially, tend not to use email unless it is necessary (e.g. submitting reports to professors).

This article also suggests that use of email will continue to decline in Korea as other forms of online communications become the preferred choice among young online users.

The email era is coming to an end because replacement communication means such as Internet messengers, mini-homepages (dubbed "one-man media"), and SMS are wielding their power.

As a consequence, the stronghold of email, once the favorite of the Internet, is being shaken from its roots.

The ebbing of email is a phenomenon peculiar to Korea, an IT power.

Leading the big change, unprecedented in the world, are our teens and those in their 20's.

The perception that "email is an old and formal communication means" is rapidly spreading among them.

"I use email when I send messages to elders," said a college student by the name of Park. For 22-year-old office worker Kim, "I use email only for receiving cellphone and credit card invoices."

The reasons given for shunning email are that it's impossible to tell whether an addressee has received a message right away, and replies are not immediately forthcoming.

Still another reason is that you send messages through SMS or messenger as if you were playing a game, while doing so through email makes you feel as if you are doing homework or performing a task.

"The new generation hate agonizing and waiting and tend to express their feelings immediately," said Professor Lee.

"The decline of email is a natural outcome reflecting such characteristics of the new generation."


What do you think about this?

Have you ever used a blog comment to contact someone, especially someone who is either filtering out or not replying to your emails?

Do you do much text messaging and instant messaging?

Do see these as replacing email for most message needs?

Do you see these as intrusive, hounding you, pursuing you?

What's YOUR opinion?

[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate

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