The time has come to make an admission: Blogging is dead. By that I mean, Blogging, as a means of expression, reporting, and journalism, is dead for all but a select few. It began about 10 years ago with people like Andrew Sullivan, the guys at Powerline, Roger L. Simon, and others leading the way. As the decade moved on (as the laws of evolution dictate), the strong survived, and the weak either died off or scrimped by off the scraps. Hot Air, Ace, Stacy McCain, Simon and others are the cream that rose to the top, and while we can still call them “Bloggers” if we’re so inclined, their sites have moved to a more straight-news style (with some exceptions) and Twitter has become the first line of communication…one that I have embraced in the past year, at times, to an almost obsessive extent.
Those of you that have read my blog these many years (and its many reformattings/re-brandings/neuroses) should fear not…I’m not going anywhere. Jim-Rose.com (or whatever) shall live on as long as I and/or the Internet itself lives. I’ll continue to type out my thoughts from time to time, but I won’t pretend to do so under the illusion that it’s 2004 and I’m going to change the world in this venue.
This is not to say that all is lost (despite my legendary pessimism). Like the Godfather, Glenn Reynolds, i.e. Instapundit, says, “Journalism isn’t a profession, it’s an activity…” The fight isn’t over because Blogging is dead, it just means the fight will continue in other media. While even I sometimes, like McLuhan, wish things would slow down a little bit re: technology…it’s important to embrace each new form of communication because you never know which one might just pop and become a tool for revolution and the eventual defeat of our tyrannical enemies.
So do not despair…the cause will prevail, but not here. It will prevail in a land of zeroes and ones we probably haven’t even dreamed of yet. Should be fun.