The ever thought – full David Weinberger has written a great post on the power of blogging and why it is still vital and important. A great piece of writing that asks us to think about the web that we have and the web that we seem to be losing.
“Blogging mattered to us more deeply than you might today imagine”
“At least among my set of bloggers, we tried to engage with one another and to do so in ways that would build community. We’d “retweet” and comment on other people’s posts, trying to add value to the discussion. Of course not everyone played by those rules, but some of us had hope.”
“And it worked. I made friendships through blogging that maintain to this day, sometimes without ever having been in the same physical space.”
Even the comments are worth reading:
“Facebook really is the new town square. Everyone connects to everyone there. You can’t deny that. But they mostly drink beer and talk about the weather there. It’s a pretty low-brow town square. A great place to distribute your pamphlets, but not really a great place to collaboratively write them.”
The web is a moving target. No one expects it to stay in one place or to quit moving. But as we move more towards centralized services (Facebook, etc) and silos of information; as we learn more each day about how everything that we do online is monitored; and as the web becomes more commercialized than it ever was in the days when everyone had a stack of AOL CDs that they used as coasters; we are losing things that we took for granted.
I believe that many of those things are worth fighting for.