The blog format has devolved. Once a simple gateway to self-publishing, today the blog format is responsible for a thousand tawdry tablogs: hideous half-breeds of tabloid and blog built around odious content, cluttered site designs, and optimised for pageviews alone.
I don’t agree that the weblog format should be put out of its misery because it has been misused and debased, any more than I think painting ought to be outlawed because Jack Vettriano or Thomas Kincaid commit their atrocities on canvas.
But–since portions of Nick’s
weblog post read almost as a call to arms–I wonder if it’s time for a Dogme ‘95-like manifesto for good old-fashioned anti-‘tablog’ webloggers?
Perhaps I’ll write one.