GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Scott Bridges writes:
All bloggers would flinch a bit when reading this quote, but it’s right on the money.This explains why Bridges unceremoniously flushed GrodsCorp, the labour of love he'd spent "literally thousands of hours... building, maintaining, moderating and writing for", down the memory hole.… many bloggers, who rely strongly on their reputations for being irreverent and must compete for attention in an increasingly crowded, wildly free-market blogosphere, often veer off into gossip, innuendo, ridicule and vacuous sarcasm — like adolescents trying to get attention — as much as they cover “the news”. To the extent to which they do this, they may continue to function as entertainment vehicles … but they may not be taken seriously as purveyors of information and commentary on “issues of public concern.”
Hendrickson, L. (2007). Press Protection in the Blogosphere: Applying a Functional Definition of “Press” to New Web Logs. In Tremayne, M. (Ed.), Blogging, Citizenship and the Future of Media (pp. 187-203). Routledge: New York.