No time to think?

The ‘is blogging dead?’ debate continues, with Drew Benvie noting that Guardian tech reporter Bobbie Johnson has given up his blog.

Johnson – whose relationship with Little Red Boat‘s Anna Pickard made him half of one of UK blogging’s top power couples – says there’s ‘too much else going on’ for him to be able to continue writing it.

I think this is one of the major dangers of Web 2.0 – there’s so much information and so many opinions coming at us that it feels like there’s no time to stop and think. And when it feels like there’s no time to stop and think, it definitely feels like there’s no time to stop and craft an 800-word blog post.

But as I tried to argue to an anonymous commenter on my earlier post, a world in which we attempt to express our every thought or opinion in ‘microblog’ posts of 140 characters or fewer is going to be a very poor world culturally.

Johnson, luckily, still has to stop and think in order to produce considered and balanced articles for the Guardian. The rest of us need to be careful not to start believing we no longer have any time for thinking, reasoning and writing.


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