Another dot in the blogosphere?

The death of blogging?

Posted on: November 4, 2008


Based on a Wired writer’s analysis, individual, personal and non-professional blogging is going the way of the dinosaur. And it took just four years for the art of blogging to give way to “blogzines” and fresher, cooler ways of airing your views.

If the writer is to be believed, the new “blogs” are Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and Facebook. This speaks volumes about the way Netizens prefer to create and read “text”: Short text, sound bites, and visuals in the form of pictures and videos.

I think that the writer might have identified a trend. But to tell bloggers to “pull the plug” is to miss the point. Bloggers blog because they want to write, be it for an audience of one, a few, or  many. Bloggers can write in bite-size pieces and embed relevant media in their blogs too. Blogs are not irrelevant just as books are not irrelevant in this day of DVDs and streaming video.

Long live blogs!

2 Responses to "The death of blogging?"

Hey Dr. Tan, I second your call for the longevity of blogs!

I really feel that blogs have created a great platform, especially in Singapore, for much well-written social commentaries and quality writing that goes beyond just short texts, vidos etc. It gives a greater motivation for writing too as most writing on blogs have an audience to write to, rather than just writing in a classroom. There’s just so much potential for blogs, education wise.

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@Andrew: I’m happy to hear your support. 🙂 I think language teachers who have tried blogging would probably agree with you too.

But there is a fair bit of rubbish and bad writing in the blogosphere too. Conventional blogging is sometimes about venting, expressing by any means, and exaggerating.

I think that, like me, you see how educators should try to use blogs strategically. I try to promote in edu-blogging: It is driven by content, skills, and changes in attitudes, values and mindsets.

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