“So apparently blogging is dead. Funny, I didn’t get the memo.”

I’m lifting the title quote from David Armano’s Twitter feed. He posted that in response to Steve Rubel’s whole-hearted agreement with a Guardian article saying that blogging was just like so totally over. Allow me to enumerate my problems with said article.

1) The writer says the latest Technorati SotB report “undoubtedly” contains some fascinating growth numbers. The use of that word makes me think he saw some news about that report but didn’t actually, you know, read it.
2) He says blogging is a “minority sport.” Unlike the tens of millions that contribute their personal thoughts and anecdotes to national TV and newspaper outlets.
3) Yes, blog growth isn’t happening at quite the clip it has in the past. That’s a fair point, especially compared to the number of TV stations that are created everyday.

And to anyone and everyone who does or might be tempted to agree with the point of this article: I look forward to your shutting down your blog since apparently there’s no future there. The rest of us believe that blogging has power simply because we can do it. We can broadcast our thougths into the world. The good ones will catch on, the bad ones will be ignored or shot down and eventually die. (cough “code of conduct” /cough)

While Rubel does say there’s a “bigger story here than just blogs” I still have fundamental problems with the story’s premise – that the lack of growth signals a lack of power. I’ve often said that web publishing – and especially RSS distribution – means I get to put everyone I read on equal footing. The power a particular blog has is primarily only the power I’ve assigned it as a reader.

So regardless of how much blogs are growing or who says what about what that growth rate means our lives I believe there’s still significant power there in terms of thought leadership and letting the community brainstorm on good ideas and best practices. But what do I know. I’m just a blogger.

Boston Mayor calls for Aqua Teen movie boycott

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino has apparently asked Boston theater owners not to book Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters. He feels doing so would be disrespectful to the city, which ground to a halt when a guerilla marketing stunt was mistaken for a terrorist plot.

Yeah, I know.

The Mayor’s office and other official agencies aren’t commenting further on the movie, not wanting to give it any more attention than it already has gotten.

Quick Takes: 4/11/07

  • A ton of classic MGM films are now available through iTunes. PaidContent says, though, that movie sales on iTunes are not growing as fast as expected.
  • NBCUniversal has signed a download-to-burn deal with a German firm that is scheduled to launch in just a few months.
  • Shortly after resigned as chairman of First Look, Henry Winterstern has now been named co-chairman of..wait for it..First Look.
  • Marvel has a special “here’s what it’s all about” comic coming out designed to bring the unitiated up to date on the Fantastic Four just prior to their latest filmed outing’s release.
  • Transformers will get promoted with Pepsi products and Radio Shack “zip-zap” cars.
  • Lionsgate is expanding into the “faith movie” market with a couple different moves.