Blogs and Journals - Whither or Wither?
By ColmSmyth on Dec 08, 2004
I still think that online journals and blogs will co-exist peacefully, but I'm not so sure if all journals will thrive in the more competitive "market" for views and information. It's truly sad to see articles like eWeek's A Year of Victory for Linux descend into rant and never come back up. It just looks like a bad blog. Jim Grisanzio corrects the blatant errors there very well, so I'm not going to bite this time (but see here, here and here for earlier occasions where I could not resist).
If some e-journals are already beginning to offer nothing more than a web-site for randam rants designed to catch the eye with keywords like "Linux", "EIA" and "SOA", where can they go from here? I can read unsubstantiated BS all over the web, and most of it is funnier or stranger and certainly truer than that eWeek article. Many blogs now have more facts and more reasoned arguments (and certainly more insight) than eWeek presently offers. Even explicitly open-source journals like NewsForge offer better and more objective analysis relating to their broad core of topics. Not to mention that journals like The Register succeed in serving up well-written analysis and opinion with humour, insight and a pinch of worthwhile scepticisim.
Anyone with an RSS reader can select from a range of "channels" and read what they want to read, whereever it comes from. I honestly think that folks who read online don't need the few desparate rant e-journals that claim to be the visionaries of the coming revolution (didn't we hear enough of that during the dot-com years?)
Don't have time or space for another desktop app? Use Thunderbird, it's got a solid basic RSS reader (integrated with mail and news!) that will grow as you need more from it.