Is blogging destroying our culture or not?

I’m really struggling over whether Andrew Keen actually believes his own thesis, or whether he has just hit monster pitch for the Web 2.0 backlash so popular in some quarters… Jay Rosen reckons that in fact, the war between bloggers and the mainstream is sooo over (and that was more than two years ago)… Personally, on this subject at least, I’m with John Milton and Tony Benn…Adds: There’s more verbatim from Keen at the FT site.

  • Cato

    Iain Dale’s blog is the best and for one simple reason – it brings new information and actual stories to the party.
    Michael White minced Guido Fawkes on Newsnight on the premise that blogs were all comment. When Guido said that he had exclusives, White challenged him to give him a couple and he floundered.
    Dale would not have collapsed in the same way because his blog features interesting insights which the lobby will not report – albeit that I feel his blog will eventually damage his ultimate ambition to be an MP.
    A blog is only as good as the original stories it breaks. Opinion and comment are fine up to a point but they won’t bring the blogosphere on to the next level.

  • Mick Fealty

    Fair point Cato. We have broken a fair few stories, and although not to the extent Iain has, that’s in part to do with the fact that there is more quickness in the Westminster beast, than in our nascent Stormont pup.

  • slugger addict

    It’s certainly making a mess of desk-job productivity.

  • Cato

    Oh, not meant as a criticism of Slugger at all. The proof of that pudding is in the readership. I think as well as the difference in the swiftness, that because of the tribal nature of our politics, people are loathe to leak against their own party, even if they don’t like something that it is doing.
    Blogs are perfect for leaking and it’ll take a while before that becomes a real part of our political culture.

  • The usual over-the-top nonsense from Andrew Keen, grossly overstating the degree to which traditional media are threatened and underestimating the amount of quality available, free, online. Well, taking a more moderate and reality-based line wouldn’t sell more books.

    Oh, am I suggesting that traditional media might occasionally promote mediocrity, exaggerate for the sake of a few extra readers/viewers or propagate lies and inaccuracies? How naughty of me! No, thanks to the genius of Andrew Keen, I realise that only the eeeeevil internet does that.

  • Niall

    Is it too obvious to point out that Keen is promoting his book on a blog?

    I think he makes some fair points. Blogs vs print is a bit of a false premise. There’s only good writing and bad writing – the internet has a lot more of the latter than the former.

    For every Slugger there’s a thousand “this is what my cat looks like” blogs.