Blogs vs Mainstream Media. Guess who’s catching up?

Dave Sifry at Technorati has compiled a wonderful list and report about blogs and mainstream media.   It’s the “State of the Blogosphere” and supports the obvious – blogs are increasing dramatically both in number and in influence.     I think the data supports the notion that we’ll see an information landscape that is driven increasingly by niche interest groups and collaborative online communities.    The traditional models for news and information dissemination — TV, Newspapers, and Magazines — will play roles of decreasing importance.     

At some point in the decline of traditional media there may be a sort of “tipping point” where advertising simply can’t sustain the efforts and we’ll see a mass extinction but I doubt that.  Rather I’d predict (wildly and without a lot of thought) that we’ll see print and TV die very slow, laborious deaths as they struggle to bring online content and online viewers into their spheres of influence and reduce some of the spending patterns (and unfortunately much of the quality, in depth reporting) that has come from the high barriers to entry which kept every Tom, Dick, and Harry news producer out of the space.    Blogs reduce the participation barrier to “literacy” (marginaly literacy at that)  and therefore will change information and news … forever. Use Caution in providing any personal information or downloading software!?

One of the most frustrating things “Verification” sites do is make bogus and ridiculous assumptions about websites and offer pathways to remove them if you pony up cash.

When I read about Compete over at Battelle’s I tried it and noted that one of my 10 year old travel sites with a long history and good contact information had a “warning”.   Naturally this pissed me off but I assumed a server change last year may have been the problem. 

I felt better when Matt Cutts , whose name appears on no less than the Google Patent documents, pointed out that Compete is questioning his blog’s veracity (see snapshot below).

Adding opportunistic insult to injury, the Compete explanations imply (indirectly) that a legitimate site can get rid of the warning by subscribing to a website service called GeoTrust.     Prices seem to vary depending on the site, but I have a sneaking suspicion that there is a relationship here, making compete look somewhat more like an extortion racket than a good new online resource.


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