April 19, 2004

The future of Weblogging

The Register looks at Weblogging as a cultural force and argues that more bloggers need to become proper journalists, or at least contribute a decent precis of what is being signposted. The article makes plain the potential of Weblog conventions to evolve mainstream media, suggesting the benefits of making syndicatable meta-data available on each and every article published.


The same principle could be applied to other media types such as still imagery, sound and video. In the industries where this is already being done (e.g. film and television) there is an opportunity to demonstrate immediate benefits with areas like research, royalty tracking, advertising and marketing, production management, and film/game integration all trying to do greater things on tighter budgets. Generating a rough cut from RSS feeds may be a little way off for Hollywood but independants have no reason to hesitate.

Posted by .M. at April 19, 2004 10:45 AM | TrackBack

It might be worth exploring the different types of metadata from a conceptual point (maybe someone has done survey work on this). For example, is transclusion - a sort of referential metadata really metadata .. what genres of metadata are applicable.

Posted by: Miker on April 19, 2004 07:20 PM

good article and advice. it verbalises many of my gripes about blogs.
folklore.org is a storytelling site that will be releasing its open source software (written in python) soon. it overcomes some of the problems of blogs - in particular, the problem of losing date-based postings underneath new ones.
i would like to see a crossover blog/storytelling platform.

Posted by: Andrew Jones on May 18, 2004 06:06 AM

Thanks for the post. Perhaps another site for the MOD films network.

I can see why some people prefer the wiki-style interface (to cope with roll-back and date-based navigation) over blog-style interfaces but, when it boils down to it, all that should matter is that you can start small and iteratively improve your publishing system to any scale required.

The barriers to entry (and education) are what are holding back more effective use of blogs and the like. I say, keep it even simpler stupid. No one really knows when they start posting whether or not it's going to be worth maintaining in a year's time. If you can maintain pages ongoing without a regular overhaul then why not?

Posted by: .M. on May 18, 2004 02:32 PM

How old is this post?

Posted by: yaoi on September 25, 2004 06:32 AM
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