Phil Sim

Web, media, PR and… footy

Meme-in-a-minute

I really wanted to blog about the Parakey/Facebook deal yesterday as I’ve got a lot of thoughts on it – but just wanted up to blogging a thoughtful piece and instead went to bed, to try and get over this flu.

24 hours later and I find myself on a rare blogging rampage – I’ve just spat out four posts – yet I’m not going to bother with a bunch of my Parakey thoughts, simply because 24 to 48 hours later the moment has passed. The meme is dead and to expand on the subject now would simply be blogging into a void.

That really annoys me about blogging – and of aggregators like TechMeme. I think the “follow the crowd” nature of the Web 2.0 blogosphere¬† and the associated attention-deficit-disorder that it suffers from doesn’t allow for what could be far more thoughtful and interesting conversations if memes were allowed to expand and grow over a longer time period. Very seldom do you get blogging back and forth between multiple participants, each time raising the level of discussion and insight.

In fact, I’d suggest that the way things are right now – that the “conversation” mantra is a bit of a misnomer. A conversation infers ideas and dialogues going backwards and forwards, when what we really have is everybody shouting as loudly as they possibly can, all at once.

The irony is this is the way that “old media” works. It simply jumps from hot button to hot button, news story to news story. The blogosphere, or at least the Web 2.0 blogosphere that I inhabit, isn’t any different. There isn’t a conversation going on here, it’s simply reporting with a little more room for passing opinion that is generally rushed and seldom really developed. Blah.

Next time, someone craps onto me about blogging as “conversation” I’m going to challenge them to show me an example where they’ve engaged in a conversation that has gone anywhere near the type of exchange that would be worthy of that descriptor.

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3 Responses

  1. Caitlin says:

    Techmeme aside, you do have regular readers and RSS subscribers who will read the post and comment on it whenever you get around to writing it. And there’s value in having it on the archive for readers and search engines to find. Just because things get more attention when it’s “hot” and of the moment, doesn’t mean there’s no point writing about it later. That means you’re just buying into the very thing you’re complaining about.

  2. Mark Jones says:

    One of the places you will find real-time conversations are on newsgroups and forums. Blogs are technically capable of facilitating “conversations” but few people take the time to make it happen unless you happen to be an A-list blogger and everyone wants to jump in and talk about your latest missive.

  3. QAZ says:

    Totally agree about the one-way nature of blogging; it’s not a conversation between people, it’s individuals shouting into the ether with the occasional heckle from elsewhere.

    Trackbacks are all well and good but does anyone actually use them to follow the “conversation” around? Or are they just used as a measure of how popular a particular blog entry is?

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