Thursday, February 24, 2005

 

You Say You Want a Revolution

Well you know...we all want to change the news. Or at least the way we get our news. Lots of people are still asking, "what's a blog?" If you really want a good explanation, you probably should ask this guy. Or better yet, read his book.

Blog - (n.) Short for Web log, a blog is a Web page that serves as a publicly accessible personal journal for an individual. Typically updated daily,blogs often reflect the personality of the author. (v.) To author a Web log.

It's cliche to say, but we are living in the age of information. It's everywhere, but who has the time or desire to sift through it all? You can stick with the nightly network newscasts, but do you really want the same old liberal "gate-keepers" determining for you what you do and don't get to hear? It's a bit outdated these days and the mainstream media establishment knows it and that's why they are getting ver-ry defensive these days.

That's where the "new media" comes in and blogs are a big part of it and getting bigger. The first blog appeared in around 1999 and now there are more than 4 million - discussing everything under the sun, from sports to politics to religion to business. The good ones are the ones you go back to everyday because they are reliable, trustworthy, and/or entertaining.

Blogs usually provide links to other websites so if you want to dig deeper into a story you can. Best of all, its all real time. No waiting until the paper comes out the next morning or the broadcast is aired on TV. And you can carefully select the handful that represent your own interests and that will provide you with the stories or views as you'd like them served up.

Even people that hate bloggers are now blogging to explain how much they dislike the whole thing. (hat tip: Jeff Jarvis)

Wanna start one up? Instapundit provides some links to help out.

Like it or not, this Revolution is spreading to all corners of the globe. Get in on the fun or risk getting left behind.

UPDATE: The Mudville Gazette has offers an instructional guide of sorts for new bloggers. It's a good summary of many essentials in starting a decent blog.

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