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From News Trust to Nick Carr and Innocent Fraud

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WWW is such a rich and connected space. I subcribe to an emailing of news aggregated by the News Trust. I began this subscription because they offered to aggregate from a variety of sources including the blogosphere. And this morning they connected me to Nick Carr.

The first connection was whether our use of the web was a form of “addiction” or rather a simple dependency along with all the dependencies we have built up with all the technology we use every without thinking about it much until one day it doesn’t work.

Because I used to like to peruse Carr’s blog stuff, I peaked into his PoP Posts. or whatever he calls that list in this blog and found a post about “innocent fraud” which is a term coined by JK Galbraith, a giant in economics and writing about that and politics. JKG’s last written opus is titled “The Economics of Innocent Fraud”.

The simple example of  innocent fraud is how MSM has accepted the term “The Market Economy” as a more palatable substitute for “Capitalism“. This substitution helps we consumers swallow the lie that the economy is influenced primarily by us, the consumers of the products of the Market Economy. Just an innocent fraud and not a black lie. Nick Carr goes on to comment about the blogosphere that he is a visible part of:

What we tell ourselves about the blogosphere – that it’s open and democratic and egalitarian, that it stands in contrast and in opposition to the controlled and controlling mass media – is an innocent fraud.

So I checked out the Amazon listing of Galbraith’s book. Thus the connected space of the blogosphere, for me this morning reading and blogging in Dalian, China, which is on the coast of the Yellow Sea!

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A milestone with independent viewer hits of this blog

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This is the first time I have posted about this stat. This blog will cross the 80,000 independent viewer hit mark today. That’s the stat since I started the blog in late 2005 or about 4 years ago. I’m no A-level blogger but I am amazed that my modest efforts here have gotten that much attention in the blogosphere.

I credit WordPress.com for most of this activity. I have tried two other blogging platforms, Live Space and Typepad, and got very little exposure with them. I heartily recommend WordPress.com

Thx to all those 80,000 hitters!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/08/10 at 07:53

Nicholas Carr of Rough Type asks, “Who killed the blogosphere?”

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He writes/blog posts thus:

It’s no surprise, then, that the vast majority of blogs have been abandoned. Technorati has identified 133 million blogs since it started indexing them in 2002. But at least 94 percent of them have gone dormant, the company reports in its most recent “state of the blogosphere” study. Only 7.4 million blogs had any postings in the last 120 days, and only 1.5 million had any postings in the last seven days.

For me, my blog is an lifo (last in, first out) diary of thoughts and images I find on the Web and in the blogosphere with my own thoughts appended to introduce and comment on those thoughts and images. It’s a collection of thoughts and images published on web sites and in blogs across the Internet’s cyberspace. Since I post about what I find stimulating and fun, my itty bitty part of the 1.5 million blogs that are active won’t die right away.



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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/11/07 at 13:34