Are we barking up the wrong paradigm?

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Blog Won, Dot.Com nothing

Why have blogs succeeded where dot.coms failed? Media girl tells us the article is primarily about this aspect and I see her point and his and mine.

Old theme of mine: blogs are a freedom of the press that this country . . . this world! . . . has never seen before. Using a technology for an end is morally neutral until the morality of the end, itself, is considered. Hence, if a merchandiser wants to shout his message through mass media, that might be okay. The trouble is when only big businesses control the media or when media is too expensive to buy.

Back to the First Amendment. Freedom of the press is not free if it is not relatively accessible to all. With blogs, each of us can, is she wishes, publish her own "newspaper." We don't have to wait for Citizen Kane to give us our marching orders on who to vote for, what to eat, who to marry, what to buy, what to think.

Yes, there is a move to "control" the internet by some factions - various ones ranging from business to politicians but the dot.com debacle points up that there is no economic "reason" for business to take over the internet.

Back to Spar's "Ruling the Waves." She explains when Marconi and RCA conspired to control radio, they did so based on economics and that too many voices were talking over one another.

Business has yet to show it needs the internet - it keeps failing - while the voice of free, free, free! press truly have a press that is not only accessible to the average person, it also is relatively free not only in content, but in capital investment.

Blogs democratize the power of the press and dilute the power of those who seek to rule by controlling information

I would suggest that Blue States are Blog States and Red States still get their information from the "saying machines"

People are logical.

I end with Lincoln's famous saying "you can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time."

Maybe with bloging, we will help tip the balance and reduce the number of people (Red States) who can be fooled all of the time.

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Posted by Matsu on 5 January 2005 - 9:11am