Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Evolution of the Blog-O-Sphere ... Mainstreaming

One of my favorite blogs is The Gates of Vienna. They are much more than a simple source of news that often falls outside the mainstream. They have in my opinion established a high water mark for intelligent and focussed discussion of the issues that we all must face in today's reality.

Apparently TOO much outside the mainstream for Pyjamas Media .....

Cast Out!
Is how author Baron Bodissey of The Gates of Vienna blog Describes the situation...

And goes on to discuss the reasons for the parting of ways. Essentially, it seems that Pyjamas Media have become "Mainstream" .... at least mainstream in a commercial sense that will forevermore constrain their contributors to ideas that will not bring their advertisers into any controversial sort of contentious issue.

Many people who choose to observe and discuss such things have been asking the question of what will happen to blogs when they become commercial enterprises. Will they behave as the current MSM behave?

The answer is ..... YES ... emphatically! IMO

For he who pays the piper calls the tune.

Although did these sponsors not realize what they were buying into when they bought in? Or, is it a case of someone upping the ante and making demands after the fact?

For My Money .... I am hoping that the truly insightful and controversial postings of the Gates of Vienna as well as numerous other blogs and bloggers that have something of substance to add... outside of mainstream opinion and Bowdlerized Pap ..... will continue to develop in their own direction!


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Blogger talnik said...

WTF??? Gates was one of my favorites too. After Drudge, 'jammies was my go-to page, but not any more. Now it's gonna be:

4/29/2008 7:10 p.m.  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

ah so much diviseness eh?

4/29/2008 7:38 p.m.  
Blogger OMMAG said...

Well ... it seems that once a publisher is beholden to their sponsors the sponsors get the "sensitive" treatment!
He who pays the piper calls the tune!

4/30/2008 9:04 a.m.  

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