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In the latest version of the Atlantic’s “What I Read,” Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith bemoans the end of The Great Blog Era of the Early Aughts:
“I still read some bloggers but it’s sort of a lost art. There aren’t new great bloggers. It’s not the next thing. But the generation of Choire Sicha, Micky Kaus, Andrew Sullivan and Josh Marshall are great and they never stopped being great. Andrew is no longer the conservative he once was but he and Josh are masters of the medium.”
It’s easy to understand why Smith would say “there aren’t new great bloggers.” The era defined by a few influential voice-heavy bloggers has been declared over by Nick Denton (“I’m out of blogs”), the New York Times (“Former bloggers said they were too busy to write lengthy posts…”) Jason Calcannis (“Blogging is largely dead”) and Felix (“…dying, even if it’s not quite dead”).
For a brief, heady few years blogs were supposed to be the future of media. What happened instead, besides book deals, was that, as Felix suggested last year, the tools bloggers use were co-opted by media companies.
Suddenly, Andrew Sullivan and Choire Sicha weren’t the only people who could pull out great quotes from otherwise dry news copy: everybody could, and did, on Twitter. Meanwhile, places like the Huffington Post and Business Insider moved the focus of blogging away from engaging with the blogosphere and towards the art of headline writing. And thus did the great blogging tradition of analysis and back-and-forth-argument get lost, amid a thousand rewriters, blockquoters and aggregators.
But the good old days argument of the Internet doesn’t completely hold up.The finance and econoblogosphere for one, is rich, varied, frequently contemptuous and not in any way dead.
Keeping in mind that the blogs-are-dead meme is largely an issue of semantics, here’s a list of new and not-so-new-ish bloggers that you should absolutely start reading.
The Reformed Broker
The New York Fed
The Bonddad Blog
The Atlantic Cities
ISDA Media Comment
Bloomberg View – The Ticker
And, definitely, Huffington Post Divorce.
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