Posted by aogTuesday, 07 August 2007 at 10:15 TrackBack Ping URL

While I sometimes rag on Orrin Judd for his tropes, he does nail some things dead on. One is the bizarre “legends in their own minds” attitude of so many in the blogosphere. Weblogs are an important part of our national intellectual life the same way bacteria are an important part of the ecosystem — significant in aggregate, individually not so much. And, like bacteria, webloggers don’t write because they’re an important part of this large chain of being but because that’s just the way they are. Their utility is a happy accident.

The first up is this article about how weblogging may have past its peak. The author disagrees and finds hope in competition from other online social network applications. The original link (which I managed to lose) asked “what can we do about it?”. “We”? There is no “we” of the blogosphere, only many “I”s. I expect that webloggers will go on writing, or not, as the whim takes them individually. Whether weblogging continues to be done on a large scale or remain important is not something “we” can do anything about, and frankly I expect most webloggers to not care. I also expect (as I’ve noted before) the popularity curve to oscillate, as all such trends do. Getting upset about that is like getting worked up over climate change.

The other example is via WizBang and is the flourescent idiocy of the week, the idea of webloggers forming a union. Others have belabored the obvious idiocy, but I found it interesting in how the concept typifies the magical thinking of so much of the MAL rank and file. The basic concept here is that unions, via Step 2, generate money for their members. This explains so much, such as why (in the view of the MAL), unions are never a problem for businesses, because the extra wages they create don’t come out of business revenue, but from the simple existence of the union. That’s why anti-union types are so evil, they want to stop the workers from getting all that union generate money. It took the webloggers, though, to realize that it would be better to just dispose of the whole “business” concept so that the union could generate the money without those plutocrats getting in the way.

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erp Tuesday, 07 August 2007 at 11:05

IMO lefties want to form a union for two reasons.

  1. To control blog content so output would conform to the collective thinking of union leaders, and
  2. To profit monetarily both by imposing membership dues and/or by finagling a way to qualify for some sort of federal grant.

The notion that millions of us are out here blogging whatever comes into our heads must be giving the control freaks major migraines.

Annoying Old Guy Tuesday, 07 August 2007 at 11:14

No, having read some of the commentary, I am of the opinion that they really believe unionizing will result in better pay and working conditions. After all, the online MAL already achieves a remarkable degree of ideological coordination, they hardly need a union forthat. The dues things, I can see. It would be the standard motif of impovershing the masses so that the vanguard could have the resources to advance properly.

Bret Tuesday, 07 August 2007 at 11:45

Working conditions? I thought blogging was play - in other words what I do to take a break from work. Er, though I suppose that bad attitude of mine is reflected in my relatively shoddy output.

Annoying Old Guy Tuesday, 07 August 2007 at 12:23

It’s much more of a compulsion for me. Not that I don’t enjoy it, but I suffer from a bad case of Male Answer Syndrome, and this weblog provides much relief for SWIPIAW.

erp Tuesday, 07 August 2007 at 14:38

Where would the money come from? Since they don’t don’t believe in free markets, their “pay” must come from redistributed taxpayer funds aka grants and entitlements and better working conditions are mandated by OSHA, so their “employers” must comply or be fined.

It’s practically impossible to parody them as they are already a parody of themselves.

cjm Saturday, 11 August 2007 at 09:11

and like in the real world, how would they compete with non-union bloggers ?

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