March 24, 2006

The Mainstream Media IS the New Blogging A-List

More on RSS and the reproduction of the mainstream world.

When I look around at the most subscribed to blogs in Bloglines, and not coincidentally many of the new breed in the Technoriati Top 100, I see the effects of RSS and 'consumption-based reading' -- I see how so many real bloggers who used write in a real, human voice have slipped off the charts, replaced by 'conglomerate' news blogs like gizmodo, engadget, wired news, etc. -- all well written, but not so much blogs as relentlessly updated zines -- and I realize that THESE are the blogs that mainstream journalists who cover similar or related beats are subscribing to. That's where a large portion of their readership is coming from--and with authority comes the masses, following suit.

With so many in the mainstream news business subscribing and linking to, and getting their news from, these new breed of super-news blogs, what happens to the individual voices? And how do we keep from becoming a replication of MSM, 'cept faster.

RSS is a news engine. It has nothing to do with blogging. Now if only some tools for conversation-based blogging would help us sift through the noise, maybe we could still hear ourselves talk. or listen. as the case may be.


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3 comments:

Arieanna said...

It's all about the long tail. The challenge to the RSS world is to make the long tail more accessible. To have a place where you can auto subscribe to 50 fashion blogs all at once, for example, is something I think people would find useful.

Jeneane Sessum said...

I agree, as long as I'm not spoonfed choices that are essentially the 50 Engagets of Fashion--as blessed by Technorati as authority--and how do you not lose the mom who is chronicling(SP?) the making her first daughter's wedding dress sequin by kleenex by sequin in the mean time?....

Jeneane Sessum said...

even tho i'm not there yet, second life may be the only alternative for re-engaging one another in the non-news sense of the word....