Today is the tenth anniversary of my first foray into blogging.
What have I learned in that decade?
At the start I was writing about publishing and technology. I thought that the blogging technology expanded the notion of publishing. Now I think the notion of publishing itself is uncertain. The space between broadcast and conversation has closed, and from both sides. For journalists, access to material, sources and places has increased by orders of magnitude, with that gain comes an equivalent loss of privilege to information, and a parallel increase in scrutiny that leaves many hacks feeling disempowered. Meanwhile, what started as “publishing for the masses” has evolved into “sharing”. Sometimes oversharing.
The notion of some information being unknown and then being caused to be known (by the act of publishing) is dead. The information cycle is a continuum. A “big story” is now that which is shared the most. In the process both information and privacy have been devalued. Which isn’t necessarily all bad.