Nick Carr is rapidly becoming one of my favorite bloggers. Not so much because I agree with his points, but because his style is sharp and brilliant and because he recognizes that many of the elitist current distinctions in the writing community are, in a word, nonsense.
This Gaurdian article contains the very clever notion that blogging’s virtue is what others have called a blogging vice – the tendency to regurgitate articles and news gleaned from major outlets, adding personal notes or spin in the process. Carr notes that this is a *good* thing as it processes information in ways he likens to a digestive tract. Unflattering as it may seem to the times when bloggers are actually out in the world researching elusive and exclusive topics and writing about them, much of blogging is just this sort of “reprocessing” of information as it flows through our vast networked media extravaganza. Re-examination can be as helpful as examination, and I can’t help but think that blogging is making the pie much bigger in the sense that more people are paying more attention to more information. As long as we brew more coffee to keep everybody awake to read all this, it will all work just fine.
Nick Carr over at Rough Type has one of the cleverest techno posts written in some time as he addresses the little brouhaha over enterprise vs consumer software. In fact I’d give him the tech blogging Pulitzer Prize simply for this turn of phrase:
Rubberneckers leaping gleefully onto the Techmeme pig pile
More to the point he’s talking about the silliness of the technobabbling echo chamber as well as the silliness of enterprise software folks making mostly foolish distinctions between types of software.
There is an alarming trend among mostly “old school” developers and programmers and analysts to make a variety of questionable assumptions about technology that are based on failing to recognize how different things have become. Even new school folks routinely overbuild websites and application environments simply becausae they’ve been taught that is the way you do technology. Worst is the idea that complex software is needed to run complex companies. WRONG! It is true that complex software is almost always used by big companies, but this is primarily a function of legacy issues (ie they started their systems back in the day when there were NO simple solutions) and IT turf issues (e.g pretend you are the head of Exxon’s IT division and you are asking for a BIG raise and more options. Are you more likely to get the promotion by proposing a shift to Google documents across much of the corporate enterprise, or by proposing a highly customized SAP solution only you understand? Also, it takes a kind of innovative thinking that I think is sometimes missing from the school of old timers.