For her this is easier then creating posts for her blog with the accompanying research, writing, photo manipulation, scheduling and promoting it, which often requires reading and commenting on other blogs. So, not only has she stopped blogging, but she has also stopped reading and engaging with other blogs as well. This I believe is adding to what many are calling the blogoapocolypse with the downward engagement on the blogosphere. However there is an upside. This means that less people are blogging as the trend itself is falling off, so for those that remain it could be easier to stand out. But, the fact remains how will blogs be sustainable in a breakneck speed digital landscape.
Where exactly all this leading? And not just in the blogosphere but the world at large. A decade ago, many were speaking about how early childhood education institutions were no longer teaching handwriting. OK. How can a person not know how to write with pen or pencil? How dependent on technology are we? Recently I met with a friend for lunch and she told me she read an article about children and teens not knowing how to use computers anymore. And by computers I mean desktop computers with keyboards. So, in a decade from now, will desktop computers be obsolete? And in another decade after that will tablets and phones be obsolete? How will we communicate and retrieve information exactly?
Are we looking at a Black Mirror future where all information is monitored with a digital profile from which there is no escape?
Yes, I am speaking of how this effects blogging, but there is a bigger story here. Are we looking at a Black Mirror future where all information is monitored with a digital profile from which there is no escape? Wait, did I say Black Mirror? Did I say the future? This is already a living breathing reality in China. And it is coming to a first world near you. Wait, did I say coming? It is already here via the brick and mortar Amazon stores where you shop via facial recognition. In the video I posted here James of Fohr touches on how in the very near future that typing a URL into a browser is going to become obsolete. And on that note, has anyone noticed how useless the internet is? Yes you can carry out transactions and you can stream content. But, when it comes to research you only see what Google wants you to see, or is paid for you to see. I can not believe how much harder it is now to research anything online beyond basic information or widely known historical information.
What say you? What do you think will happen with blogs? And how do you see the future of communication? Do you think big brother is right around the corner? And do you care?