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Tuesday, September 25, 2007
The death of blogs
Christianity Today's website today speculates about "The death of blogs." Blogging has probably "peaked", their boffins say.
Yes, the fact that I am blogging about this, is ironic. :)
Posted by Rick Hiebert on September 25, 2007 | Permalink
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They've got it wrong.
Blogging is in it's infancy.
There are more group sites than ever before.
Obviously, when a Blog has a number of contributors, rather than just one, it's more like hitch hiking than a marathon and there is less burnout.
The key is getting a group Blog built around commonalities.
Posted by: Speller | 2007-09-25 3:05:16 PM
I agree with the boffins. Most blogs no longer have anything meaningful or interesting to say. Virtually all of the blogs I drop by are for mirth. I like to watch morons like Macblowhard, whom otherwise would be diddling his sister, make noises like what they thought mattered. It is entertainment. That's it. Now, Hiebert. Run along and get your doggie biscuit.
Posted by: Don | 2007-09-25 3:05:42 PM
...ummm sorry to burst everyone's button, but yes blogging days are numbered.
China requires bloggers to register.
Before some say China backed down, read my next post, has a link (don't know if one can do two links in one post)
Posted by: tomax7 | 2007-09-25 3:14:41 PM
China backs down (for now) on blogger registration
Notice the "he also admitted" sentence after the "privacy concerns" - gives away the true reason.
Huang Chengqing, secretary for the Internet Society of China , said that the proposed registration was ditched because of these privacy concerns.
He also admitted that the technology needed to police the system was not yet sophisticated enough.
Posted by: tomax7 | 2007-09-25 3:16:06 PM
...Ii often wondered if the Liberals got/get back in power, they'd seriously limit blogging because of all the exposure they got through this medium.
Of course they can't go after you and me, joe smuck, but after ISP's of which will bend over to avoid litigation/laws/harassment however false or true.
Posted by: tomax7 | 2007-09-25 3:19:10 PM
Yes, you can use more than one link here at the Shotgun, unlike, say, Kate McMillan's SDA, which, although she lives in Saskatchewan, is a Blog that is registered and operated from the U.S.A. where freedom of speech isn't going away anytime soon like it is in the PRC or Canada.
Posted by: Speller | 2007-09-25 3:30:50 PM
...what got me hooked on blogs is the AdScam affair and news blockage in Canada. Went to Captain's Quarters in the US.
If the Demon, err, Democrats get in, one can only wonder how free blog down there will be safe.
Maybe Steve Janke over at AGWN is smart to host his blog via some small Pacific island.
Posted by: tomax7 | 2007-09-25 3:32:41 PM
I started out with forums. My first one was the Politics Forum on Canoe back in '98.
The Lefties regularly got their heads handed to them there so they spammed it with profanity and shut it down.
That's where I first encountered 'Preacher' who was a bain around here in 2005.
I had never heard of a Blog until Mark Steyn mentioned LGF in a column on June 4 2002.
I went to LGF and that was my first Blogging experience. It was kinda like jumping into the deep end.
Posted by: Speller | 2007-09-25 3:40:45 PM
...put it this way, I started back in the days of BBS, just text on a black and white screen and was amazed I could talk to someone across town, let alone across the world.
We've come a long way, but so have the restrictions of our freedom.
Remember when a virus was something to skip school with?
Posted by: tomax7 | 2007-09-25 3:40:49 PM
...speaking of viruses (virii?) - time to go work to support this habit.
At least with a BBS to impress the chicks if you could type more than 10 wpm, you can pretend you were a rocket scientist working with NASA.
Now, with blogs, websites, google and such, they can really see that I am, one.
Posted by: tomax7 | 2007-09-25 3:45:40 PM
...hey talk about flashbacks, remember this?
-ignore the posters name ;-)
Posted by: tomax7 | 2007-09-25 3:50:23 PM
erg -sorry for the flood of postings
Posted by: tomax7 | 2007-09-25 3:52:33 PM
Sorry, tomax7, that's a case of linkrot at 3:50:23 PM.
Posted by: Speller | 2007-09-25 3:53:45 PM
Blogging will end about the same time as
to name a few ... end.
Posted by: John | 2007-09-25 5:33:27 PM
However, I might add that Christianity may be seeing the wall. It has had a pretty good run though.
Posted by: John | 2007-09-25 5:34:30 PM
Love your God.
Love your neighbour as you would love yourself.
That's Christianity boiled down to its basic messages.
Once everybody starts hating each other, that will be the end of Christianity.
I'm willing to bet Christianity will be around longer than child-hating socialists and other such utopians.
Posted by: set you free | 2007-09-25 5:44:29 PM
"I'm willing to bet Christianity will be around longer than child-hating socialists and other such utopians."
where did I hear that already...?
Posted by: Marc | 2007-09-25 5:56:16 PM
Child-hating was an issue back in Quebec's religious days.
Posted by: Marc | 2007-09-25 6:01:32 PM
Kinda like flood stories appearing in cultures that had nothing to do with each other in ancient times ... South American Indian, Chinese, Judaic.
Once child-hating socialists die, so does their family tree. Did they used to say that in Quebec, too?
That would be quite a coincidence since I know nothing about the fabulous Quebec culture.
I hope it's not just the hate of the Anglais that gives strength to the Quebecois culture.
Posted by: set you free | 2007-09-25 7:36:42 PM
Same as many Canadian Leftoids. They define themselves as not being American.
Posted by: obc | 2007-09-25 8:06:01 PM
"Once child-hating socialists die, so does their family tree. Did they used to say that in Quebec, too?"
Never heard that. Maybe that's because we're a social-Democracy. My two last posts could have been the sayings of Mgr. Turcotte himself.
Honestly Set You Free, since you're asking, a world of things are distinctive from the americains, another great culture. The entire planet knows that. But tell me, what about yours in today's far right Alberta vs the far right United-States...?
Nothing to do with the real tories of yesterday en-tout-cas.
Posted by: Marc | 2007-09-25 8:34:37 PM
Alberta's a fantastic place.
You can smell the freedom in the air.
We are truly independent and prosperous, even though Ottawa tries to make us as miserable as the rest of Canada.
Edmonton has the second-largest Fringe Festival in the world, right after Edinburgh, Scotland.
Every weekend during the summer, there are festivals of all descriptions to attend.
During Hertage Days on the August long weekend, hundreds of thousands of people go to sample cultures of 115 nations.
Even though there is a great variety of restaurants, none compare to Montreal's.
We have a vibrant arts community.
Calgary? A city as depressing at Toronto, where it's all about making money.
But it is only an hour's drive to the mountains from there.
Posted by: set you free | 2007-09-25 9:07:48 PM
It's been months since I'm looking from something positive at this question on the Shotgun...
Good show, man.
Posted by: Marc | 2007-09-25 9:22:45 PM
Mark's idea of "something positive" is to find something negative.
Posted by: obc | 2007-09-26 5:24:37 AM
But there's other good news - except for Mark, of course:
"French-speaking Rwanda turns to English"
Kigali, Rwanda - For decades, Rwanda has been one of nearly 30 Francophone countries in Africa where the language of business, power, and civilization has been French.
Up until recently, the French-speaking elite here saw their ties to Paris as a link to the civilized outside world. Top bureaucrats and scientists would get their university degrees from France's top écoles. Those who returned to Africa would often take up positions in government after having served briefly as functionaries in the French government.
But today, on the sprawling campus of the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), a dramatic social change can be seen. Designed in 1997 to be an African version of MIT, KIST is shaping a new generation of scientists, engineers, and technical minds to help Rwanda become the Singapore of Africa. English is their language of instruction.
English? Mon Dieu!
The change came about in 1994. After a brutal 100-day genocide, when Rwanda's then ruling Hutu majority massacred some 800,000 minority Tutsis, an English-speaking Tutsi rebel movement based in Uganda swept into Rwanda, forcing the French-speaking Hutu genocidaires into exile.
Et voilà, Rwanda became Anglophone.
Posted by: obc | 2007-09-26 5:51:24 AM
Blogs won't die as long as they have news to report that the Lame Street Media chooses to ignore, such as the admission that socialism has bankrupted France:
"French PM Fillon tells farmers 'France is broke'"
France is bankrupt and can no longer afford to pay its workers generous salaries and subsidies, its prime minister has declared.
Francois Fillon made the undiplomatic outburst during a trip to the French island of Corsica, where farmers were demanding more government money.
"I am at the head of a state that is in a position of bankruptcy," he said.
"I am at the head of a state that for 15 years has been in chronic deficit. I am at the head of a state that has not once passed a balanced budget in 25 years. This can't go on."
Mr Fillon's government is due to announce the 2008 budget this week with a deficit of €41.5billion (£29billion).
Posted by: obc | 2007-09-26 8:22:35 AM
A few thoughts for this morning.
"Et voilà, Rwanda became Anglophone."
OB Wan, that is the natural order of evolution, you start as a monkey, then a human who can only speak French, they you eventually evolve into a human that speaks English.
If you look around the world at the countries that were once French colonies, you would NOT want to live there. Yet, the former British colonies are the best places in the world to live ... Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand and until the monkeys took it back, South Africa,
France is the latest example of the unavoidable failure built into the socialist philosophy.
If the Socialists were honest they would define Socialism as it truly is "a system where the lazy and stupid, unmotivated masses with their opportunistic leaders extort all the money from the productive members of their society, the sink into anarchy."
Posted by: John | 2007-09-26 9:16:13 AM
Blogging answers Political Correctness.
The PC filter on Letters to the Editor of every newspaper, and for that matter, the propaganda filter (or primary purpose) of every newspaper "created" blogging (and I don't even know how to define the term).
Newspapers put themselves out of business by acquiring the one voice of political correctness (i.e. homosexual-feminism, as spawned by Communism).
TV and movies have done a similar job and YouTube is going to replace those CREEPS instantly.
The end of blogging? Ha! Ha! Ha!
It is the beginning, and almost a physiological change. I surmise that many contributors on this site are men, and not the coffee clutch or sit around the drinking fountain or quliting bee type of men, rather the type who might have spent a lot of time quietly working at their job and maybe attending a public meeting to speak out on an important issue on rare occasion. But look at them (us) now!
Posted by: Conrad-USA | 2007-09-26 9:27:04 AM
Are you affirming my observation that the west's enemy of civilization are child-hating socialists?
Did you know those persons you refer to call other human beings who have children and whose lineage will continue ... ‘breeders."
Does it surprise you that these child-haters are at the forefront of the ‘we are all doomed' crowd whose latest rationale for their inability to follow the natural course of humanity is the doomsday Global Warming theory?
At some level, even these self-centred egotists understand it is their personal end of the world from what their ancestors produced, since they are incapable of carrying on what hundreds of generations before them were successful at.
They'll continue take what they can get and not give anything back.
Not everybody is up for the job of raising a child. It's always been this way.
The tragedy is that anybody can even listen to their line of reasoning without laughing.
Posted by: set you free | 2007-09-26 10:36:42 AM
Yes, Conrad ~
We are NOT metrosexuals like John Kerry.
Posted by: obc | 2007-09-26 11:04:18 AM
And where else but on blogs can one decry this shameful Dipper stupidity:
"NDP criticizes Ottawa over plans to militarize the North"
The New Democrats are calling for a national debate on the Arctic, saying the Harper government is needlessly militarizing the North instead of focusing on its environment and people.
In the party's new Arctic policy released Wednesday in Ottawa, the NDP says Canada can realize its control over the Northwest Passage using civilian agencies such as the Coast Guard and through diplomatic channels.
Posted by: obc | 2007-09-26 12:41:28 PM
Ireland, India, Malaysia, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Cyprus, The Sudan, and Uganda, Jamaica, siera Leone, Nigeria, Gambia, Ghana, palestine, Egypt, Canada, united-States, south Africa, etc.
Yes John, the "divide and rule" system of domination from the British empire had bring such joy and love in those places...
Yep, the english world is such a great exemple for colonisation that the entire World is after you in today's reality. Good Job!
Divide and rule is not a "Liberal" ideologie: It's English.
By the way obc, the Hutu did switch to genocidal after years and years of CONTROL, oppression and "divide and rule" system by a group of people. I don't want to poor rain on the parade guys but let's look at world today: France: weak. England: Weak and hated. US: Weak and hated. Those had tried to ruled the world and what's the results: Weakness.
Just saying for those who would wish to try again.
...But we have big compagnies. Yes, and we're not front runners anymore. Those who are are those who hate you.
Posted by: Marc | 2007-09-26 1:25:20 PM
Just FYI about not worrying about the end of blogs .
(CNN) -- The Internet connection in Myanmar was cut Friday, limiting the free flow of information the nation's citizens were sharing with the world depicting the violent crackdown on monks and other peaceful demonstrators.
Myanmar-based blogs went dark suddenly. But London-based blogger Ko Htike -- who has been one of the most prominent bloggers posting information about the violence -- has vowed to keep up the fight, saying where "there is a will, there is a way."
"I sadly announce that the Burmese military junta has cut off the Internet connection throughout the country," he said on his blog Friday. "I, therefore, would not be able to feed in pictures of the brutality by the brutal Burmese military junta."
Posted by: tomax7 | 2007-09-28 1:51:59 PM
That's what the socialists want - kill the blogs so their nefarious activities will not be reported to the voters. The regular media will cover for them as usual.
Posted by: obc | 2007-09-28 2:05:20 PM
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