I am going to join the masses and comment on a few things I read in this article, too. The interesting points I read really didn’t come from the article (it was mostly crap, sorry to say), but interesting points came from the comments box.
cbm5 spake thusly: There is supposed to be a book about good blogging, and one of the rules is to not write comment about personal stuff. It’s not supposed to be a diary, it’s supposed to be online commentary. Not to say that’s any better. But most bloggers completely ignore this, and blab on and on about themselves and miniscule stuff. And now they are balling up into a massive clod of hate, Trackbacking themselves in lockstep to defend their mythical cause.
I did some checking. I read a few “History of Weblogging” pages (who’s source data actually turned out to be incorrect, upon further investigation). I looked through archive.org.
As it turns out, yeah, weblogging, or blogging as it was shortened to, didn’t really have a focus. In fact, every d*lander’s friend Andrew got in on the start of this whole trend back in late 1999 with diaryland.com and pitas.com as the first services that allowed the average person to blog/diary on the internet without doing a bunch of crazy manual updates or writing their own scripts.
Know what this means? This means that the content of these early, yet wildly popular websites sort-of determines the nature of the beast. I can tell you as an early-adopter of diaryland.com that, as the name would indicate, these blogs were diaries. Personal pages. In fact, as I remember, that was the trend back then — to call them diaries, not blogs.
So I’m not sure exactly what this poster was talking about, or what book his source was. Frankly, it doesn’t carry a lot of weight.
James A C Joyce later commented on his own article thusly: Did you not read the article properly? At no point did I say that I, we or anyone else “should censor the net of blogs”. I don’t give that much of a fuck if you have a blog. I do mind, however, if you start up a Movable Type blog with all of your Sartre-reading friends and trackbacking each other all over my Google search results. Try not to misinterpret me in your eagerness to criticise others’ viewpoints.
That’s real interesting since the title of the article was Why your Moveable Type blog must die. Let’s go to the old Webster’s, since I’ve found out that some Slimee Ditto-Heads still read this, and they tend to not grasp the English language so well.
die:(Intransitive verb) (Inflected forms: died, dy·ing, dies) 1. To cease living; become dead; expire. 2. To cease existing, especially by degrees; fade: The sunlight died in the west. 3. To experience an agony or suffering suggestive of that of death: nearly died of embarrassment.
If genociding a blog based upon software isn’t censorship, what is?
Then there was a comment from someone professing to be Michael Moore. The email address he used was firstname.lastname@example.org, so it puts it in question, but his comment was so assinine and conceited, that it very well could have come from the real Michael Moore:
Movable Type is tearing away the very fabric of our society. It represents the “blogger”, the most self-obsessed and yet most banal creation of the internet age. By giving everyone a voice, we have given them the illusion that their voice is worth something. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. The most frightening aspect of all of this is that the blog continues to grow. Slowly, it is becoming the human side of the internet, every loser’s refuge in which the only important thing in the world is them, what they think, what they do. These people swarm together in their internet subculture, spending all their time reading about the utterly boring adventures of their fellow members of the Harry Potter Fanfic web-ring. As they feed and perpetuate the diseased social infection that is the blogger culture, its rules and ethics become more and more entrenched in their psyches. Soon, they’re spending even more time “blogging”, scrawling their vile idiocy all over the internet in some pathetic attempt to be a better blogger, one who updates more often, gets more hits, has more link-backs, has a Flash banner made by that other blogger they know from Connecticut (who is a graphic designer).
Do the world a favor. If you ever meet a blogger, let them know how you feel about blogging, and then kick them in the fucking face a few times. Even if you get in trouble with the Law, it’s worth it just to know that you’ve made a blogger question the way they live their life.
I could respond to that. I mean, I think it’s a great comment. For me to poop on.
Honestly, though — I think MM simply suffers sour grapes syndrome. He wishes he had an internet subculture that would claim him. Instead, he’s stuck in Canada pretending Americans cared about what he thinks of our country. I feel sorry for him, really.
It looks like bloggers are breaking the web…a “tidal wave of morons” overwhelming Google etc. Thus spake James Joyce at Kuro5hin.