Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Looks Like the Start of Something

I like when newspapers notice new internet phenomena. I like how their reporting of the phenomena-as-news makes them look just a little bit too earnest, just a little bit uninformed (especially, I'm sure, to people who have been actively engaged in that phenomena). The alternative, of course, is when they notice it (e.g. blogs) in order to throw up a big wall of resistance—typically futile, but potent at the level of public consciousness. Of course, what we're seeing when we see something like photoblogs emerge into popular newspapers isn't the newspapers noticing for the first time, it's them deciding that the phenomena merits their attention, and by proxy, the attentions of their readers, i.e. when it becomes interesting enough (and what are all the ways *that* is measured? horrific enough, popular enough, outlandish enough, queer enough, dangerous enough...which one applies to blogs and photoblogs?).

My interest in this isn't to mock newspapers (&c.) for their hoariness, it's to say that the appearance of hoariness in respect to certain topics, i.e. their awkwardness (and when do newspapers (&c.) ever look awkward? It's their business to look natural and right and authoritative in almost every situation) seems to me like a sign that here is something to notice, that something is changing in the role played by newspapers in the production of news. Anyway, I stumbled on this today while rooting around:

"Blogs as Photo Albums," NY Times February 27, 2003

It's the first mention of photoblogs in the New York Times newspaper. Photo albums? They're pretty promiscuous, for photo ablums, I'd say.
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