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Sunday, February 20, 2011

The kids aren't blogging

Facebook, Twitter, and the like are expression enough for the younger set. Blogs, it appears, are for geezers.

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I wouldn't sweat it. Being young ain't what it used to be. Besides, unless they're 11 or younger, they were born in the last millennium back in some ancient-sounding years like 1989 or 1991.
Geezers? Anyone born back then is already from another century. So let them have their Facebook and the momentary rush of feeling modern. They deserve it and I wish them the best. Youth is fleeting enough without having a birthday from the 1900s - that already sounds like 500 years ago. It's a little like trying to feel modern back in the Roaring 20s knowing you were born in like 1895, only worse because of the 2,000 part.

But then you have composers like Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss, both having bridged the 19 to 20th century. Mahler particularly was quite aware of that crossing and mulled about it's meaning and his placement in musical history.

We are even more privileged, not only standing across the century but across the millennium. It's something those born after Dec 31, 1999 can never claim. Another 100, then 1000 years have to transpire.

Last I heard is that if you posted anything on Facebook they owned it. Anyone know otherwise?

Blogs, it appears, are for geezers.

Certainly not judging by the hours you keep, Jack.

Another kids vs geezers digital slap-fight to keep an eye on is the one between Colbert and Huffington. Fascinating stuff. Why is Arianna making money off Stephen's work and how does he get his cut? Zuckerberg will eventually have to answer the same question. He may own my status, but he doesn't own the creative product I link to.

Words are over.


Wow, what a bummer! Just when I was starting to dig the blogosphere!

"Words are over."

A bit too concise. You still had 125 characters left.

It's not true, of course, for one simple reason--nobody knows how to measure all "blogs", or how successful they are, or even *what* they are anymore. However, Facebook is strongly encouraging this--because blogs=customer data=$. Mining personal information is the only reason Facebook exists, and the the only reason Mark Zuckerberg isn't working at Burger King.

And remember: 90% of all Twitter content is generated by 10% of it's users. Most Twitter accounts are empty wastelands. That one study alone (though there are many that confirm it, over and over) should provide a clue: the hype grossly exaggerates the impact and interest.

Blogs generally require actual writing, hopefully leavened with punctuation and grammar.

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