What’s NOT a Blog?

In future of media on January 31, 2008 at 2:19 pm

I must confess I am a laggard when it comes to the World Wide Web.

I only started writing this blog consistently since November 2007. To my chagrin, by the time I hopped onto the Web 1.0 bandwagon, the train for Web 2.0 has already left the station.

All across the Web, I hear voices pronouncing the death of the “blog”.

With the emergence of social media such as Facebook and micro-blogging tools such as Twitter,
Jaiku and Pownce, it seems the “blog” has become an ‘old school’ construct.

But then again, it depends on your definition of what a blog is.

Seth’s Blog: What’s a Blog?

Of all the definitions I have read, I like the one articulated by cartoonist and blogger, Hugh Macleod, the best.

He describes the blog as “a simple device to stay on people’s radar screens in a hopefully meaningful way.” You can read his full blog entry here.

If we define the blog in this way, the question that begs answering becomes “What is NOT a Blog?”

Any tool or device that helps us amplify the ideas we find fascinating or meaningful could and would qualify as a “blog.”

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