PoliBlog: A Rough Draft of my Thoughts

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  1. Bloggers are a prime example of a disruptive technology. Much cheaper than the established competition, but with extremely narrow utility in the early years. As blogs get better they will continue to take functionality from mainstream sources — just as satellite news took functionality from the network evening news and the PC took functionality from larger computers.

    Right now blogs are in 3 general categories — specialists that cover a facet of the world that few media companies can afford to cover, those who digest and pontificate on the days news with quick opinions (this site, among others) and those that try to lead opinions in a certain direction (company in house blogs, politicians, also partisans like RedState and DKos). All are areas that today’s papers don’t do well. Where the papers don’t do things well they will continue to lose “eyeball time” to blogs.

    I don’t doubt that every criticism of listed of blogs is true to one extent or another. But if people don’t care about these distinctions — then why are they an issue? Which may be the crux of the issue — people care less about proper word choice than they do about speed of response. The market at work — and that’s hard for the NYT to fix.

    Comment by Buckland — Tuesday, November 15, 2005 @ 10:24 am

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