Those were the days, my friend

McGehee, who’s been pounding a keyboard about as long as I have, wonders if it’s worth the effort anymore:

I really don’t think we’re making things happen anymore. Obviously I’m not, but the bigtime bloggers under their corporate umbrellas have become scared shitless of rocking the boat, lest the advertisers who fund their incomes become too jittery about the resulting controversy. And their worries are not altogether unfounded.

The early double-oughts were the Golden Age of new media. Ten years later it’s a Gilded Age where the former reformers are all smug, sluggish mugwumps.

Then again, I may retain just enough idealism to believe this still:

Few of us are big-time operators, and that’s not likely to change; but we’re right on the edge of the Era of Decentralization. Why else would the Bolshevik 2.0 crowd in Washington — which isn’t just government, by the way — be working so hard to build up their forces? Because they know they can be replaced. In such an environment as this, even the least of us matters more than he thinks.

Probably why I’m still here after sixteen years and a day.


  1. Jeff Brokaw »

    11 April 2012 · 10:11 am

    Blogging does have a 2004 feel to it, don’t it? My personal opinion is that Facebook and Twitter pretty much stole blogging’s mojo (not an overall positive move, in my mind).

    Social media competes for our time and attention, and people only have so much time to waste. ;-)

    These days I seem to blog for the benefit of search engines, mostly. But whatever, it’s for me too, and it’s important to understand that. I could do more to promote myself, but I don’t, because I just don’t care that much about it. It’s just a blog, just one of millions.

    But one thing that makes me happy, and you might be interested in this too Chaz, is that you wrote something a couple of years ago that inspired me to write something I called “When cynicism is a virtue” and I get hits for that damn thing every day (lots of people search for ‘cnyicism’ for some reason, I guess). It’s about how politicians treat the taxpayer with a level of cynicism we cannot even begin to comprehend, and how we should return the favor. Of course, as a larger world view, cynicism is not recommended, but with politics, cynicism == realism. It’s either that or get played for a fool due to naivete, so I’ll take cynicism please for $500, Alex. And if I play a small role in waking up a few people every day to this sad fact, then good. Mission accomplished. And it gives me a place to vent about asshats like Dick Durbin, like I did yesterday.

    Also, often I start to comment at your site and then ramble on so long it’s really more like a blog post. Like this one. So expect a pingback soon.

  2. hatless in hattiesburg »

    11 April 2012 · 11:58 am

    re “In such an environment as this, even the least of us matters more than he thinks.”: there’s a bit of this thought mixed in my motivation for blogging. who knows what random post we write might make an impact? first, the odds are probably better than winning the lottery, and second, there’s enough other opinions online that deserve opposition.

    …and now i’m off to google “cynicism and taxpayer” :)

  3. Bloggers blog about blogging being yesterday’s news « Psssst! Over Here! »

    11 April 2012 · 11:58 am

    […] thinks so, and Dustbury weighs in too. I do tend to agree that blogging, which is so 2004, is essentially over as a “thing”. […]

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