Scholars Discover Weblogs Pass Test as Mode of Communication

Blogging is dead, long live blogging. I suspect that over the next few years we will see a lot of calls suggesting that blogging has died, and I suspect that in a sense they will be right. The act of keeping a “Weblog” as a separate entity will become something of an anachronism. The broader world of collaborative Web publishing will continue to grow and converge with other technologies, including IM and e-mail. Imagine asking someone today if they are an “e-mailer.” That question made sense, among a certain group, 15 years ago, when you weren’t sure if someone had e-mail or not. I have a feeling that the production of public media — whether in the form of Weblogs, wikis, collaboratively filtered lifelogs, or some form that I am too shortsighted to predict — will be the moving force of a new era. —Alex Halavais participates in an e-mail interview by Mark Glaser

Scholars Discover Weblogs Pass Test as Mode of Communication (Online Journalism Review)

Only getting around to blogging this now.

The genre of “e-mail questions to a bunch of people and compile their answers” certainly speeds up the process of getting the news out, but of course it only works when the people you interview want to talk about their subject.