September 28, 2004

Blogging Hits The Google News

Screen capture taken just a few minutes ago:

Daily Kos makes the news.

I'd heard, but hadn't seen. I guess that's what you get when you have more readers than the FOX News website.

The story in the screenshot is about the poor state of healthcare, appears to be a diary, and lays out the facts, figures and source material in a way that any voter should be able to understand. (Another Kos diary writer tonight brought us some news from the Kerry campaign trail that you might not hear anywhere else, but that you can point people to when they ask which candidate would be better to have a beer with. And Kerry, I'm reasonably sure, can be trusted with the accompanying pretzels. But I digress.) It can really get a person thinking about where it's all going.

Billmon, who has sadly decided to do other things (though I'm sure that he'll do them well), had some thoughts on the future of blogging. The link post isn't to the LA Times op-ed he wrote, but the Kos summary where you can also find the commentary and response from other bloggers.

It's unlikely that anyone really knows what the future holds for blogging, for the media, for any of this. I sure don't. Yet whether we know where it's going or not, I think every victory should be celebrated. I remember wondering a very short while ago what the heck had gone wrong now that six (or seven, or ten, depending on who you ask) companies owned the media. And the corporate bias, overwhelming any right/left dichotomy imo, seemed unbreakable. Then there was MoveOn, and blogs, and the biggest protests in history, then Air America, and now some unpaid random Kos diarist has a story on how bad the healthcare situation is up on one of the 600-lb gorilla news aggregators.

Just maybe there's a new possibility opening up that hasn't been available except by proxy in governance and civic life since our ancestors lived in tiny nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes. Maybe there can be a full two-way conversation about the facts that spills out of the bounds of approved town halls, the public hearings, and the voting booths. Or not. 'Cause you know, I'm just guessing.

Posted by natasha at September 28, 2004 12:56 AM | Internet | Technorati links |

My prediction is that the future of blogging will be largely female - once the guys stop viewing it as a moneymaker and catch on that only the very select few can ever make a living from it, it'll be left to the women (as usual) to facilitate the blogosphere's true purpose of communication. The future lies with What She Said!

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at September 28, 2004 06:09 AM

Elayne, that comment contains more gender stereotypes than an episode of Leave it to Beaver.

Posted by: Steve Bates at September 28, 2004 07:59 PM

Obviously, blogs have been on Google News for at least some amount of time now. Is the significance here that this is the first known instance of a blog being the actual main link for a given story on Google News?

Posted by: The One True b!X at September 29, 2004 12:04 AM

I've seen it before -- main link on google news stories... I mean, Usuallyt eh Seattle Post Intel blog will make it on tech stories or what not... And I may have seen one or another instance on Sports before...

This isn't the first time and likely won't be the last.

Posted by: John F at September 29, 2004 01:45 PM

It's just, as I said, the first time I'd seen it. Kos had been showing up for a little while (I'd heard the rumors) on the Google news aggregator, but marked as satire. And yes, having it be the lead story did seem pretty novel to me.

But I don't think that major newspaper blogs are really the same thing. They're big media branching into a new format, not independent public voices coming up from practically nowhere. It's the power dynamic that seems interesting in all this.

Posted by: natasha at September 29, 2004 10:13 PM