The Economist argues that the Internet is under threat and that commercial forces are threatening to balkanise the internet. I suspect they are right.
The death of blogging is something RCJ at BBC wrote about 2 years ago
(in a blog which is still going strong). He was right then ‘ … what I think we’re seeing is the development of a mixed economy, where blogging has many forms, professional, amateur, micro and mega.’ and is right still.
Then there is the continuing old media v. new media conversations.
The truth – or one element in a multifaceted truth is ‘It’s all evolving – it always did and it always will’.
But increasingly important is the growing importance of ‘local’ and ‘mobile’.
‘Local’ used to be a pejorative word. Local = parochial, narrow, unsophisticated even cheap. Local was not ‘Metropolitan’. The League of Gentlemen reflected what metropolitans thought about local – “This is a local shop for local people. There’s nothing for you here.” [Video
Local Radio – not as good as National Radio (yeah? Often – prehaps always – more popular, though.)
The global internet is reviving local.
The new site Groupon
a ‘deal of the day’ web site localised (only available in the US and Canada – come on NI entrepreneurs – here a great idea to adapt to local needs)