Friday, March 30, 2012

Tyler Cowen on Economic Blogging

Quote: "Blogs will last forever. It's not just a phase."


At 3/30/2012 1:54 PM, Blogger Jamie Waller said...

Yes... good econ blogging lasts forever. That is as long as we have something called reality and objective truths!!
Thanks for all you do!!

At 3/30/2012 2:25 PM, Blogger Buddy R Pacifico said...

Prof. Cowan's personal web page is lasting forever, without an update. An example of the great stagnation?

I could not resist being a little snarky, because Cowan's entries on Marginal Revolution are so prolific.

At 3/30/2012 2:43 PM, Blogger juandos said...

Well maybe Cowan could use striking and informative videos like this one from Real Clear Politics: Obama: "You're On Your Own" Economics Doesn't Work

OMG! What an absolute moron!

At 3/30/2012 2:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That video was excellent, loved the changing cartoons, but I'll challenge that pulled quote. Blogging is merely a new form of publishing taken online, as prone to obsolescence as any other. As such, the entire sentiment of that quote is wrong: Nothing has ever lasted forever, and things are just going to get obsoleted quicker over the coming years. Blogging is really a simple mashup of the existing paper article format with hyperlinks from the web and "letters to the editor", ie comments, on every article. The notion that innovation in publishing will now stop with the "blog" really goes to show the apathy and ignorance of those who build the software- witness how Blogger/Blogspot has stagnated since Google bought it- that we have indeed managed to rest on the blog format for so many years now.

However, that's just a temporary slowdown, someone will kickstart more changes soon and the changes will never stop. The fundamental change is that computers and the internet are an intrinsically plastic medium, which has never been seen before. So Tyler and most people from the 20th century are still stuck in the mentality of "Oh, here's something new: we'll now use blogs for the next 50 years, just like we used magazines or TV before" when the reality is that there will never be a new "format" like magazines or blogs again, just a constantly changing and improving medium for communicating. In sum, the blog is about to be obsoleted, even faster than it obsoleted what came before, and that's what's so great about the fast-changing internet economy. :)


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