The alienating blogosphere

Another antidote to the blog hype, from ideant:

Technocracies engender masses by commodifying the interactions between people. The blogosphere is a perfect example of how interaction has been commodified and reduced to the exchange of attention

As usual, ideant expresses things so well – read the full article “The people currently conformed as the mass” here. It’s a critique of some techno-enthusiasm about the interactive potential of blogs and online journalism on Press Think – “The people formerly known as the audience“.

Maybe in the end, it’s just as well that blogs are just a way of keeping the guys busy.

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About Peter Cruickshank

Lecturer in the School of Computing and a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information systems, learning, politics, society, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and, together with my lovely wife, bringing up a cat and a couple of kids.
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3 Responses to The alienating blogosphere

  1. A couple of blogging stories:

    Sacked blogger sues Paris firm
    A British secretary in Paris is suing her French firm because she says she was unfairly sacked for writing a weblog about her home and office life.

    Numbers cut through blogging hype
    Bloggers write about personal experience and hobbies rather than traditional news, two surveys find.

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