has twitter killed blogs?

Fabio has written about this a bit already, but it’s worth thinking about how sociology on the internet parallels this larger story about blogs as distinctive showcases of writers’ voices to  to the greater immediacy of twitter alongside the ubiquity of “blogs” on many different kinds of websites. In the New Republic, Jeet Heer argues blogging was a victim of its own success, though it’s interesting to consider how this tracks onto the decreased importance of blogging within sociology, which seems to me a much more straightforward story of technological change (folks shifted from blogging to social media).

To judge by Read’s account, both Gawker and blogging were victims of their own success, albeit in very different ways. Gawker got big enough to earn a frighteningly powerful enemy, a relentless and unforgiving man who deployed his vast resources and the legal system to crush the publication. Blogging got so popular that it caught the attention of the mainstream media, which bought up the best talent, and of Silicon Valley, which recast the writer’s medium from an intimate platform that was all about voice to a social network all about clicks and shares. Banks are lucky enough to be too big to fail; Gawker and blogging were too big to succeed.


Written by jeffguhin

August 28, 2016 at 6:17 pm

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  1. if you got the e-mail version of this, you’ll note that the original title appeared to be in the “I Can Has Cheezburger?” school of verbiage. My apologies.



    August 28, 2016 at 6:20 pm

  2. There are multiple issues. There is whether blogging is useful and interesting (yes, please, God, yes) and the issue of whether it will be the prime venue for writers to project themselves (probably not, Twitter is where it’s at).



    August 29, 2016 at 8:44 pm

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