The blogosphere, with its uncensored opinions and free expression, may not last forever. I will expand on this further, later today I hope, but for right now, ponder please.
Can the rough and tumble world of the blogosphere last much longer?
What could destroy it? What do YOU see as the biggest threat to the existence of the blogosphere as we know it now?
I'm not cynical or paranoid, if that's what you good and smart readers may be thinking. I'm just concerned. We love this new, revolutionary communication tool. Blogs are far more radical a tool than many of us fully realize. We write a post, publish it to the web, and gaze at it with love and admiration. But some folks are murdered or imprisoned for writing the types of things we in the Free World post to our blogs.
I see the biggest threat being Paid Enthusiast, PayPerPost, Word of Mouth Marketing Association, and other incentivized comments.
Ever since WOMMA, PayPerPost, and their rotten ilk raised their ugly, greedy, Business As Usual heads, we bloggers have to be very careful about endorsing, praising, or even criticizing any brand, company, or product.
If we praise or condemn something, we may be accused, or privately thought of, as being paid to do it.
Think about this.
The blogosphere is NOT a billboard for greedy companies to spread their lying shit all over. Sure, there are good, noble, honest companies who want to spread the word about their products in every venue they can. I'm very much into ecommerce and online marketing, but there are rules and limits.
We use the blogs, forums, and other venues online to advise each other. If I say I like Audacity audio editor from SourceForge, a FREE open source tool, you should know that nobody pays me to say that.
If we all start accepting payment, products, or other compensation, nobody will trust us anymore...and the blogosphere will become just another advertising medium. Look at what happened to radio, television, mail, telephones: lying commercials, junk mail, telemarketing.
You cannot call yourself "high integrity" or "moral and ethical", then turn around and exploit or pervert the Trust Web that we have created, and self-policed, in the blogosphere. And I think WOMMA and PayPerPost and other similar "let's pay bloggers to do our bidding" are ruining the very fabric and essence of the blogosphere. They must be stopped. I have a plan.
What say you?