April 18, 2008

As I See the Waters

Back in 2004, I really thought the Internet--i.e. blogs and ThunderJournals--would be a monumental force come the 2008 election.

As it is, although the Internet is arguably more popular and powerful than ever, the world of personal online commentary, as I see it today, is a far less potent force than it was just four years ago. The technologies driving blogs, ThunderJournals and other avenues of personal opinion that were once all the buzz are now being absorbed and leveraged by more traditional media outlets (despite A LOT of resistance). online journals aren't hip and edgy any more; they just are. . . another cog in the media machine. Hell, even the magazines I write for now have their own blog counterparts.

The Web, as it has done since its inception, has evolved in rapid and unexpected ways. It's like watching the evolution of mankind, except in 5X fast-forward and in digital format.

The Internet today? It's like television with a comment box.

Posted by Ryan at April 18, 2008 10:45 AM | TrackBack

the idiot box...........with user input.
agreed, it's a bit much these days.

Posted by: amy.leblanc at April 18, 2008 12:53 PM
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