Saturday, April 29, 2006

the real power of blogs

My friends over at Blog Business Summit consistently pump out interesting posts relevant to blogology.

I try to read pretty much every post over there, and I post mostly comments that agree. But this time, I was unable to concur with the conclusion that the dreadful Morbid Stream Media (MSM) "blog" called Rising from Ruin was an elegant "blog that doesn't look like a blog".

"Blogs That Don't Look Like Blogs" by Teresa Valdez Klein speaks of the power of blogs. But the MSM, as expected, is portraying the ability of blogs to "touch" others with emotional responses and politically correct, weepy, "human interest" exploitations.

I have frequently discussed the so-called "power" of blogs, which lies not so much in the influence of blogs on society, as in the rapid transformation of the blogger herself.

To call a blog a "web site on steroids" is a very unfortunate and erroneous claim. For a blog is the very opposite.

A blog is a wimpy little, scaled-down, dumbed down, mini-web site.

The blog you adore because it can contain a textual rendition of something incessantly transitory within you...


...a bare bones skeleton, a minimized presence that acts as a type-enabled telephone, a slow chat room, a new and simplified way for people to interact on the web. But the New Super Blogs of Blogosphere 4.0 will be more complex, more interactive, and more beneficial to users.

A blog can indeed empower an individual or an organization.

Just having a blog seemingly indicates the possibility that you and your company sincerely wish to pose as desiring candid multi-vocal communication interactions with anybody who passes by, hopefully customers or peers.

Even though a blog can empower, there is no intrinsic power in a blog, in and of itself. The blog provides the platform, the stage on which you perform.

On it's own, a blog just sits there. Stupid. Uncaring. Irrelevant. A self-referencing [parenthetical footnote or] email the whole world can [hypothetically] read. A [potential] memo to the [disinterested rest of the] universe. But [as an empty shell of potentiometry]--nothing but blank, inactive software [without the blogger pondering out loud by scribbling within it].

It takes a blog author, a topic or mission, and a blog readership for any "power" to arise. Blogs are simply a tool of the Universal Democracy Revolution, the upheaval and destruction of The Powers That Pretend To Be.

Blogs empower you and me to have a global voice, to put our ideas on the web, and to engage in relevant, enlightening conversations with other bloggers and non-blogger readers.

I see MSM "blogs" as mostly miserable failures and not worth reading.

Here is my reply to this Blog Business Summit post...


While I generally agree with your posts, I have to differ on this Rising from the Ruins "blog".

Aside from the MSM feeding frenzy regarding Hurricane Katrina, and the incessant reports on rebuilding a bunch of doomed and decadent cities, building in a flood zone that will be repeatedly devasted as weather patterns continue to increase in violence, this MSNBC blog is cold and barren.

I saw no personality, no human warmth, no author/journalist names, no sense of a real and authentic human presence, ironically enough.

The MSM has once again taken a "human interest" angle and made it lifeless, dull, morose. Which is why I hatefully call it the Morbid Stream Media.

Rising from the Ruins, a "blog" that is opportunistically preying on the disaster of Hurricane Katrina, is not my idea of a great application of the blog platform.

A blog is a small web site that the average, non-technical person can fairly easily and quickly, create, publish to the web, compose, edit, update, maintain, enhance (with some technical training in HTML/CSS), and promote.

The custom-festooned New Super Blogs of Blogosphere 4.0 will be multi-media, multi-interactivity, hyper-personalized / ultra-focused Web 2.0 sites.



G. Randy Primm said...

you're right: it's corporate, it's stale, and it looks impersonal as all heck.

in a word: it sucks.

better luck next time, msnbc.

ps: here's a hint, new orleans fans: 24 foot high water marks for ten miles upriver every time another hurricane comes near the mouth of the mighty mississippi, for the next 100 years.

suggestion: move.

Paul Woodhouse said...

As I just mentioned on the bbs site, only something as dumb as the MSM could have a huge 360 degree rotating header displaying the utter desolation of the hurricane in juxtaposition with an advert for mortgages.

Chris Morris and Brass Eye beat these tossers to a pulp years ago.

Maybe makes a bit more sense?

insain in the membrain said...

i think blogs that are not personal looking are not as eye catching- the reader wants to read real things about real people -i think anyways-

do lots of handycap people come to your blog???

steven edward streight said...

As an ethical anarchist pacifist, even I am shocked at how we are told about re-building the Hurrican Katrina devastation, but not told about re-building Iraq, which I predict will become 3 nation-states: Sunni, Shia, and Republic of Kurdistan.

In Iraq, only how many Marines died from a roadside bomb. In New Orleans, only about how people are rebuilding.