Do Blogs need Humans?

We need blogs. More blogs, new blogs, blogs about everything and it is hard to envision how we ever lived without those little snippets of mostly irrelevant content. In a recursive way this applies equally to this blog entry. Blogs fall into multiple categories, including a few high-profile blogs read by many, a middle-ground of blogs with a more or less sizable readership and those who are not even intended to be read by anyone. And then there are blogs that are not even created by humans. And there are tests to find out if you’re human. Bladerunner and Alan Turing explored this topic in very different ways, but more about that later.

Maybe blogs can live and replicate and organize themselves in a completely human-free environment and would be much happier. I found an inbound link in my WordPress dashboard to Deutsche Piraten Newcomer Blogcharts, a list of new and unknown blogs written in German. Floblogg is not new, it’s only partly German but I guess it’s pretty unknown. The list is limited to German, G-rated blogs The list is automatically generated from Technorati and a brief check of other blogs above and below my position #44 shows computer generated X-rated referral sites to Webcams and porn (Sorry no NSFW-links; not worth bothering about lists of links with mediocre sex pics). The blog is geneated automatically, entered into Technorati, selected for the list by a program and if successfully propelled into the Web, will replicate. Blogs feed of each other, they don’t need us to intervene. Leaves the question if the pictures of the girls will eventually be replaced by images of chips and code.

Then there is Melanie’s diary. I found it on the list and followed the link: A personal diary with extensive T&C (Terms and Conditions). Melanie still goes to school. Her face on the site, the links to her school easily give that away. She lives in a romantic little town at a lake near Salzburg (Yes! Sound of Music, of which she probably never heard of, only Americans know, for locals this was a mediocre, long forgotten musical from the 50s). And as she lives in this quiet little town, she also does not have to worry about putting her complete mailing address on the Web site. She also has a boyfriend and he also has a blog. There is no real content on the blog except a remark that she hasn’t written in a long time and it will be soon time to write more. Maybe we should leave blogs to the blogs, board up all entries to the blog world and revert to read and write when we have something to say, to show, to share. We can use much of the blog software, which is basically a CMS for the rest of us. It’s a Content Management System. No content – no need to manage. The software has serious limitations due to the chronological oder of entries and the temptation to create lots of little entries and write on and on. Which is why is stop now. Comments welcome.

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