Imagine to my surprise coming across this news:
(If the tweet doesn’t show, click here to view the article.)
It made me laugh, but not out loud. I couldn’t believe it. Being a WordPress user for over two years, I wasn’t even familiar with the term ‘screen-short.’ (And notice the ‘r.’) I know I’ve seen it in practice, but I never considered it a “platform-killer.” Maybe I’m so entrenched in blogging or so far out of the loop that I didn’t seeing coming. But as far as I can tell, screen-shorting mostly serves as a workaround to twitter’s 140 character limit. Do workarounds kill platforms?
Side note: this post was a bit difficult to write because I found the article so absurd. But I chose to write my reply as a blog post because twitter sucks at getting real messages across…which underlines the absurdity of the article, but I digress…
When I asked on Twitter today if young people were seeing this amongst their friends, the replies said it’s prevalent for many young people.
Okay, first thing, “prevalent for many young people.” You chose an unreliable demographic, that may not have even applied very well to begin with, to indicate whether or not blogging in general is alive?
It seems that the consensus is that if you want to share your thoughts, you write it in a notes app and take a screenshot.
You have got to be kidding me. (Seriously, is this a joke?) Yes, the above—taking screenshots—is practiced, but screen capturing is more difficult than blogging. (At least currently.) And beyond that, the results are images, not text, so editing with it is impractical. (Text can be embedded in image files, though.)
Obviously, the needs of those who “screenshort” are small.
Despite newer ways and means of communication, long-form writing will always exist. Sure, particular websites will come and go, but the medium of blogging exists to serve the writer, not the other way around. Many bloggers out there may want more readership, but a blog is a journal. And because a blog is a journal, blogging falls into at least one of the definitions of journalism.
Ever since Information Technology began to serve the needs of news, journalism in all its different forms has only grown. More and more, I see the WordPress status bar on the top of up-and-coming news sites because WordPress VIP is such a great tool for news and entertainment.
Having the necessary tools to build and grow is critical. So just because a tool is taken for granted, doesn’t mean the occupation or profession it serves is dying. Demands and outlets will change, but there are legitimate reasons why certain things have come to exist in the first place. Ignoring those reasons is…well, ignorance.
Despite popular trends among “many young people,” writing will always exist to serve the benefits of writing. Books will continue to be printed. (And they’ll have to be if digital dangers like viruses, and EMPs mean anything.) And blogging, or journaling, or whatever word is used to describe the digital practice in the future will go on because it serves its purpose like no other.
…On second thought, since I’ve been wrong on the outcomes of certain things in the past, maybe blogging is on the way out. Maybe I am too entrenched to see the writing on the wall. Maybe I’m…‘old.’ Maybe I’m just one of the remaining, dying few still engaging in the practice…even though the tally of bloggers I see are too far many to imagine let alone count.
Maybe this article amuses me because it shows the news media can get things wrong even when the subject is media. If not wrong then flawed, since I’m compelled to question the seriousness of it.
At least we can all agree, blogging or not, that crappy journalism will never die…