This is a course blog for the members of EH236 at the University of South Alabama, Spring 2006.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

30 Million Blogs And Counting . . .

30 Million Blogs And Counting . . .

We're either on the cusp of a wave or the tail of a trend.


Blogger Justin said...

In my opinion there are negative and positive trends that were set by the advent of the blogging process. The predominantly negative implication is the watery substance and vastly personal aspect that most blogs tend to resemble. Much like the evolution of the internet, blogs are having to go through the tenacious stage of hypergrowth. However, the problem that blogs present are tougher to deal with than the initial explosion of the internet.

When web 1.0 was popuralized, it was still much more complicated to publish information to the web. As the web 1.0 era gave way to its inevitable upgrade (2.0) the process required to publsih personal content directly to the web has been simplified immensely. This has led to an overabundance of biased information. However, I am not totally ignoring the importance of the "blogosphere". There are many valuable blogs that I frequent that give me invaluable insight and information into ideas and experiences that I could never had been exposed to "pre-blog". Much like the internet in general, one must exercise caution when trying to find UNBIASED information and personal opinions.

Conversely, Blogs are the vehicle to which the public has been initially exposed to the popular shift in the internet(web 2.0). The open source community has been a highly motivational cause for the present and upcoming shift in the way information is dispensed and consumed. In reality, blogging has already given way to more advanced and elaborate ways to control and censor information. Podcasting, RSS or atom news feeds, wikis, and social bookmarking sites(delicious or digg) have also changed the way information is consumed.

The current phase of the "blogosphere" is a higly elastic and debatable subject. If numbers speak truthfully we are probably on the cusp of a wave. If the validity of "the blog" is a factor in creating the future success, I would have to say that in light of the recent advances in the use of ajax, css, and rss/atom feeds. That the original novelty of the blog will loos its luster as the valuable information gets lost in the sea of personal journals and ramblings.

11:26 AM  
Blogger LS said...

Thanks for the comment, Justin. We're already so awash in information, it's hard to imagine more of it coming our way. Yet, blogs have become interesting precisely because, in the marketplace of ideas, you have to be pretty unique to get anyone's attention. Whether RSS feeds and the like will change this, I don't know, but I doubt it.

11:00 AM  

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