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20 January, 2006

Blogging doesn't exist

Simon Dumenco's central point is a truism, but too often overlooked: blogging is writing; the publishing technology doesn't render it unique.

Even though I tend to first use Microsoft Word on the way to being published, I am not, say, a Worder. Itís just software, people! The underlying creative/media function remains exactly the same.

So why does the idea of the blogger as The Other continue to persist? Because many bloggers like the idea of being all 'alternative'. And for traditional-media types, blog/blogging/bloggers are labels that allow old-school-ists to convince themselves that they are the true professionals.

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