The cultural blogosfera, an illusion

Epitaph for the romantic cultural blogueros

Some time ago that wanted to write on the matter, always thorny, of the state of the blogosfera, in particular on the cultural blogosfera, which is in the one that Días of the future past includes. A guessed right post of subjective Geography, The romantic bloguero. From the immateriality to the disappearance, it gives cause to me to start.

There says Manuel, the Subjective Geographer, that every day has more impression of which the romantic blogueros are stopping existing. One of the tests of that what he says is true is the practical disappearance of a numerous and active cultural blogosfera that existed until only one year ago and a half. There are already great the blogs of art and culture that have been left by his authors, before the inability to compete with the writings for professionals who treat about "serious" topics: technology, economy, marketing, entrepreneurs … When I say to "compete" I refer to disputing the time, necessary limited, which the Net users dedicate to the blogs reading.

Between that they do not update for many months, or make it very night in evening, it are blogs that in due time were alone, like Vailima, to Analyze, Contemporaneizarte, Aura Archange Maudit, The tightrope walker, Gentehistoria, electrical Sheep, Bubastis, Art in the network, Observatory Observatory of Art …

On the other hand, it have appeared lately blogs that are real mass media, with writings composed by several persons, even distributed by the whole national territory in some cases. They have clear commercial intention and his principal content is the information about exhibitions, round tables and other cultural events. I wish them luck although I am afraid that, from the point of view of the business, they are going to have it difficult.

In an article for abc.es (1), Antonio Cambronero was considering to be the current situation of the blogosfera in general how as “a loss of innocence”. The blogosfera has been commercialized and he is known that in Spain the culture does not sell. Although they try to make a mistake interesadamente, the separation between cultural industry and culture is every major day. The last one is a thing of romantic, of these romantic blogueros that are stopping existing.

It already does much that in the newspapers the culture section was replaced with one of free time and spectacles, although in some cases it keeps on preserving his ancient name. Why were the blogs going to evolve of different form to as they it have done the press, the radio and the television?

This way, we are that the ancient cultural blogosfera has been supplanted by other one composed for blogs that there publish entertaining, curious, surprising contents, which authors look deliberately for the complicity of the reader and usually achieve it, as his continuous presence demonstrates it in the front of the famous filtering one of contents of orange color. Simulacrum, narcissism, spectacle … Is Disneyblogandia. Or, once again, Baudrillard laughing with laughter in his grave.

(1) http://www.abc.es/blogs/weblog/public/post/de-como-laûblogosfera-perdio-su-inocencia-1795.asp

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On Friday, the 27th November, 2009

15 comments to “The cultural blogosfera, an illusion”

  1. maty on On Friday, the 27th November, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Since you know already, to leak the whole publicity that you find sailing. Of step, if you throw a hand to me with the filters antipublicity nauscópicos for his optimization.

    When there is in front the pursuit of profit - legitimate - of any other consideration, the quality of the contents they fall down in stung, because one looks for the maximum hearing.

    Also, as I insist, the new generations of children LOGSE make his predecessors good, therefore the future is not pleasing at all.

    Of all this, it has been years since I realized. Of course, it has been and it is like preaching in the desert, as in so many people others of my denunciations / complaints. More the time sets to all in his place.

    - A greeting -

    • FutureAnd.com on On Friday, the 27th November, 2009 at 3:34 pm

      Much on the contrary, I think to flood my publicity blog and to publish thinking only about Google. I am not going to fight cross-current, which already took many years doing it.

      On the other hand, it is necessary to think that two Internet alternatives are: publicity or payment for contents. I prefer the first one, it is not important for me to see announcements in the webs. To claim that this works free and that the people do the things for love to the art is a beautiful utopia.

  2. maty on On Friday, the 27th November, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Like maty, I go from 2001 always using free accommodations.

    A good accommodation, with a good attention in Castilian / Spanish, you take her in USA as 5 $/month or less (and without paying taxes).

    If you believe that the publicity Adsense of Google is very profitable, it seems to me that you are not on the day of the raw reality.

    If you do not live of your contents, you do not have porqué to look for lucre route publicity, in me to understand, but there each one.

    Of course, if you insert it, make it a little difficult to me.

  3. Subjective geographer on On Friday, the 27th November, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Thank you very much for the linkage. Also I have liked your entry very much. I write in this dark part of the blogosfera that is the political blogosfera and between us the big means have the business from before the Internet existence. What yes I surprised in EBE was what you said: the professionalization in blogs cultural and of other matters.

  4. anxova on On Friday, the 27th November, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    It gives me the sensation that largely the blogs plenty of "formerly" was the result of a fashion, a "boom" of the personal binnacles, and that these it blogs-covers TV/radio commercials they have come at the wrong time.

    I believe that on the contrary, they are - or we are - precisely the romantic blogueros that we will stay. Because although some of them close, there will always be supported other "vocational" blogs in which the tribune is supported for pure interior need. And there will appear new blogs of the same type.

    I believe that also, to be just persons, it would be necessary to evaluate until point influences in this gradual abandonment the global crisis, and in particular the one that it is affecting to the world of the culture, much more sensitive to the absence of “pasta“ than other fields.

  5. Javier on On Saturday, the 28th November, 2009 at 12:24 am

    The world of the blogs has turned out to be flooded by the digital editions of the traditional newspapers, of autoproclaimed “gurus“ of the "social thing", of professionals that they charge for publishing post, of copying and sticking post technological … and all these take the publicity that there might finance the expenses of domain and accommodation (not to gain money) of those that we write for pleasing and want to share the little that we know.

    A greeting

  6. anxova on On Saturday, the 28th November, 2009 at 12:51 am

    It is a "counterattack", which saw to come, the traditional press has turned out to be "touched" by the blogs and they have had to adapt themselves (”if you cannot against them join them”).

    But you already know what they say: "the old man bloguero never dies”.

  7. anarkasis on On Saturday, the 28th November, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    about that things speak! blogero, cultural, and romantic: god that koctail!!,
    does the culturra already bore the culturretas???,
    since then it is that they have gone away to the porn, soon the porn will be a culture, (do not doubt it).

  8. maty on On Sunday, the 29th November, 2009 at 9:18 am

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  9. peggy on On Tuesday, the 1st December, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Very good entry, the blogosfera has been gobbled for for politically correct thing, there has lost many personal spontaneity, imagination, and topcoat the desire of transmitting personal ideas in culture, to my that this is what I like of this way, the capacity to think about art, to write histories inspired in his daily life or just to transmit ideas, the current and anonymous people without "journalistic" pretensions or of influence in the opinion that has things that to say … ….algunos we resist :) …

    • FutureAnd.com on On Wednesday, the 2nd December, 2009 at 12:55 am

      More that politically correct thing, I would say the business.

      Greetings Mrs Peggy

  10. Juan de Juan on On Wednesday, the 2nd December, 2009 at 10:23 am

    I believe that I have some tones to what you say.

    The first tone is that it is logical that there are few romantic blogueros. Likewise it is logical that there are few romantic harness-makers, because the romantic person, or what I believe that you want to make understand for romantic, it is, for definition, minority. In the world, which allow to take for an intellectual passion and try to share it with the others, will always be a minority. If, also, this passion has to do with a cultural ambience, this is still more truth.

    Secondly, I understand that that you say that the time of the Net users is not of gum, but what also is true is that every day there are more Net users. If you want to see the universe of the contents in Internet as a market (little antirromántico, but it is to understand us), this is a market in expansion that nobody knows where when it is going to stop.

    In the third place, it is true that there are the people who tries to do money in the network. But so true as that it is the fact that they have not found the business model for it. I am not a big expert in what exists for the network, perhaps I go too much for free, but I the sensation that I have is that there is blogs that it end perhaps for personal situations that they change (the bloguero marries, has a son, it changes work, they name it prime minister … these things that do that you have to write less or stop writing), but this is not a defeat. For defeat, that of the means in Internet, soitus and other experiments, which enter and go out as in a revolving door.

    The following element is the proper characteristic of the romantic bloquero. I am bloguero, and I am considered to be romantic. I go writing a blog dedicated to the History, preferably of Spain, from the summer of 2006. I write more or less a post every two days. Two years ago I found out of that thing about the Google Analytics (I it is that for these electronic topics I am much zoupas), signed up and since then more or less I continue my hearings. In 2007 approximately 100 daily persons were reading to me. Now only they lower of 300 the weekends. And I feel equal of happy with it. It is more: I have the sensation that if they were reading me 150.000 daily ones, it would be equal of happy, only that probably would go crazy moderating the comments.

  11. eclectic on On Wednesday, the 2nd December, 2009 at 10:33 am

    “We are prophets in unbelievers ground”

    The culture does not do noise. And it is always the harmed principal one.

  12. Juan de Juan on On Wednesday, the 2nd December, 2009 at 11:00 am

    I continue. The fact is that I have stopped if the comments have a characters limit.

    As he was saying, I believe that inherent in the fact of being "romantic" it is that all these histories of the benefit give to you a little equally. It is true that to do a blog places you in a dynamics that can be fucked of continued answer. I have imposed the norm on myself of writing only when to write should relax of my habitual occupations. Like result, I have many other histories to tell that I count histories.

    My only conflict with me comes from the fact of which, one day, some readership has written to me privately cheering up to place in the blog a button of donation of PayPal. They say to me that this way, who should contribute to the incessant buy of books that I realize (I am, simultaneously, a fan of the history and bibliophile, so I try to bid in all the auctions of books that exist, when less in Madrid and Barcelona) it might do it. I have consulted it with my close friends and they split in a third that it creates that it is a good idea, a third that it creates that it is bad and another third that he says than it will not serve for anything.

    To me quite what me untaut of my blog there are two things: the first one, the possibility of communicating, of counting the History as I like, and of sharing my points of view. The second one, the sensation of community that is generated when you realize that there is a group of persons who comments almost always, a group of, for this way saying it, habitual parishioners.

    And I do not see that that has anything in common with that treat other of mounting milongas to gain money.

  13. Cartier on Wednesday, the 2nd December, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Perhaps the initial success of the cultural blogs was due to the fact that the artists are (or we are, if I am allowed to include me) very anxiously and that's why we gave the first steps in this.
    Now everything is otherwise. But it is nice to remember it also.


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