Highlights & Media Co-Option
Highlights from the Blog Business Summit (in no particular order)
The Washington Post thinks bloggers are selling bottled air. Webpronews responds, as does Matt Mullenweg and there’s a lively debate started by Adrian Trenholm. The author of the post article obviously wasn’t at the summit, read the Silicon Valley article about Matt and quoted it out of context.
We’ll add that to the any press is good press (I guess) department and note how media is now telling bloggers how they should blog or what’s good or bad about blogging — without blogging themselves. I was talking with Jeremy Wagstaff about this topic a few weeks ago because I’d noticed that magazines were publishing top-ten blog lists. He said
Big media, like big corporations, are slow to get blogging. Not because blogging itself is complicated, or expensive, but because it involves embracing an expensive premise: that the gap between “consumer” and producer has suddenly got narrower. This is leading both groups to see blogging through a hostile lens — as snake-oil or something to be conquered and co-opted. I prefer to see it as the natural flattening that the Web promised us but failed to deliver a decade ago.
In other words, “All Your Blogs Are Belong To Us.”
And, finally (for now) Pam noted how she’d rather have a nifty notepad than a beta browser.