Putting blogs in their place

8 Nov

A while ago, I attempted a (short) social history of blogs – but limited my references to the past decade. Jim Horton has widened the net in this white paper (pdf file) and provides a perspective from diaries and journalism.

It’s helpful, sensible material. Marketing blogs will mainly fail because – from my PR perspective – marketing seeks to exert control. PR, by contrast, tries to exercise influence. PR practitioners are used to losing control of their messages (though they can’t always admit this to bosses and clients). Blogs may not be a great medium for selling, but they certainly are for arguing and exploring ideas.

2 Responses to “Putting blogs in their place”

  1. Stuart Bruce 08/11/2003 at 12:27 pm #

    Some thought provoking comments on the role of blogs. I’ve also mused on this topic on my own blog.

  2. Tom Murphy 10/11/2003 at 8:07 am #

    Wait till Rick Bruner catches you 🙂

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