Another blog down
[I'm stickying this because Corrente is still standing and I would like to keep it that way... But am not quite sure what to do (beyond what I am already doing. --lambert]
"If you have no place to go, come here...."
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The Agonist first came to my attention when Sean Paul did live war-blogging during the Iraq invasion in 2003 -- that is, a very long time ago. So, yes, nine years is a very good run, and kudos to the Agonist community for keeping the fires burning that long. But still....
So now, Violet and The Agonist are gone, and Atrios says his funding model doesn't work anymore. I feel like I'm an arborist watching the progress of Dutch Elm Disease. Thanks to the Corrente community for keeping Corrente, with its pure donation model, alive, however tenuously!
But I'm baffled. The original project of the blogpsphere was to replace the media -- and not, pace the odiferous Ezra Klein and the fragrant Matt Yglesias, become it, nor to mutate and devolve into a front organization for either of the two legacy parties, like Kos, Digby, et al.
And if anything, the media needs replacing more than ever. So WTF? Has FaceBorg sucked everything up? The Twitter? Neither can handle the long form, so is the long form dead? Naked Capitalism lives by the long form, so I'd say the long form is alive. Is political blogging dead? Has a younger generation moved on? WTF?
NOTE Adding: Ironically, Saturday was blogroll amnesty day: The day the access bloggers threw all the small blogs off their blogrolls. Personally, I've never been a believer in blogrolls, because I never saw the hits from them, but the act itself signified the division of the blogosphere into blogs with access and blogs without, replacing the free-form interchange of the early blogosphere with, ultimately, taking points engineered by career "progressives."
UPDATE Another one.