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Blogs and the blogosphere October 19, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

This is amazing. Tomboktu pointed me towards it early in the week. A piece by John Naughten in the Guardian about blogs. I’d always thought of blogs as being under massive pressure from Twitter and Facebook, but it appears that that ain’t necessarily so. Just on this site, the CLR, this year saw our largest number of views ever, and by quite some distance. I can’t quite account for that – is the breakdown of the Alt-Right book late last year, the European and local elections this year, Brexit, the ecosphere of left and republican blogs which we feel we’re part of, or some combination of all these? Whatever, the site is arguably enjoying its healthiest times ever, which is all down to those who come here and engage and to our comrades and friends on other sites too.

But check this out.

…the blogosphere not only continues to exist, but also to fulfil many of the functions of a functioning public sphere. And it’s massive. One source, for example, estimates that more than 409 million people view more than 20bn blog pages each month and that users post 70m new posts and 77m new comments each month. Another source claims that of the 1.7 bn websites in the world, about 500m are blogs. And WordPress.com alone hosts blogs in 120 languages, 71% of them in English.


1. tafkaGW - October 21, 2019

Blogs are massively better than the Social Industry (to use Richard Seymour’s terminology) if what you’re after is discussion and information, rather than having your buttons pressed in a repetitive and wearisome fashion.

I became a lurker on Twitter because many people or organisations who’s input I value seem to use it as alternative to an RSS feed. I had no interest in getting into the fake ‘communicative’ aspects of Twotter.

And Twastter is no RSS feed. The people who own and control Twatter decide what and when you see, on the basis of what profits they can accrue from you attention and surveilling you. Whereas an RSS feed simply presents everything in a timeline and you can make your own decisions about what you want to devote you attention to.

Many newspapers (for instance the Tagezeitung in Germany), have become perhaps 10% news with a bunch of opinion pieces attached and very little analysis. Both of the latter is often better done by blogs. With curated comments if that is doable.

Like this one here.

BTW The Twittering Machine comes recommended: I’m only half way through but it’s among the best books on anti-social media that I’ve read. Unfortunately Richard Seymour’s blog itself has disappeared behind a Patreon paywall.


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