When a phenomenon gets a „critical mass“, you have always this kind of reactions. You have the big media who make easy amalgams and therefore somehow don’t get it* (see what people told about the early days of cinema, TV, videogames and now weblogs), you have the early adopters who move on… etc.
What is a bit frightening so in Switzerland, is that – after all the articles in the world press (Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine etc.) – this is still the only kind of discourse („discours“) SFDRS has had so far. It’s time they start their own weblogs, I guess.
Update: Thank you Alain for the link to the Tagesschau real file.
* It’s one thing that an artist makes this statement by choosing this angle, by picking what he needs for his art, it’s another thing to speak as a major media.
Update after telephone with SFDRS: Alas they need people stories, so if somebody comes up with a good people story…
… the phone call made me think a bit more about the current mediascape and weblogs: what would be the two words you have heard in connection to weblogs? Probably „tsunami“ and „US election“. Is this a better description of what blogs are than the 1minute 40 at yesterday’s Tagesschau. Definitely not. It is as partial as what we’ve seen yesterday.
But the difference with the two other blog descriptions is, you don’t have to get defensive. And normally as a blogger you don’t feel defensive, you feel – on the contrary – empowered.
Both the tsunami blog and the US election blogs had a strong impact on the mediascape itself and as a blogger – even if you have nothing in common with the tsunami nor the election blogs – you are conscious of this impact.
And what do I mean by impact? Things like: I discover, filter and get the information I am interested in more and more and if it is timecritical always first from blog sources; I am more updated about my friends, family and cool bloggers; other bloggers help me finding answers, solving professional problems and last but not least I never found a better way of storing information (especially the visual part). If this evolution becomes stronger in the coming months/years, I ask what today’s dominant media will do to survive.