Archive for December, 2005
Basically, the Chinese language blogosphere appears to be exploding in popularity. And the 12 Chinese blogs listed in Technorati’s top 100 may be just the tip of the iceberg.
All 12 of the Chinese blogs are hosted by MSN. This isn’t entirely surprising – research by my friend Matthew Hurst on pingserver data suggested that a huge percentage of total blog posts are coming from MSN and that a substantial percentage of MSN Spaces blogs are being written by people in China. Using data from a paper Matthew is publishing in a few weeks, I estimate that MSN is hosting a minimum of 2m Chinese language blogs, including Chinese and Taiwanese bloggers. That’s an amazing figure, as Technorati and Blogpulse each index roughly 20 million blogs in total – MSN’s Chinese-language blogs alone might represent 10% of the blogosphere.
Marty Kearns: Network-Centric Advocacy is adaptation of advocacy and traditional grassroots organizing to the age of connectivity.
Network-centric advocacy focuses resources on enabling a network of individuals and resources to connect on a temporary, as-needed basis to execute advocacy campaigns. The network-centric advocacy approach fosters the creation of self-organizing teams to compete for aid from other network elements (manpower, talent, funding, tools, connections to the public, and experts). Leadership of campaigns is decentralized. Basic services are supported by a variety of generic issue-neutral and flexible service providers.
The network-centric structure allows for the application of talent to engage opponents at moments of weakness or when they are “off balance”. The network relies on loose and flexible collections of participants taking advantage of technologies and communications tools to collect and deploy in “campaign time”. The goal is to tip policy debates and create policy effects that are disproportionate to the resources expended.
Over the past few months I’ve been asking what happens if the old media dies before the new media learns to walk.
By which I mean, what happens if we lose much of the old media before the new media business models are formed?
It is Silicon Valley’s top companies, such as Google, Yahoo and Ebay, that are devastating the old media business models. But the new media business models have not yet “grown up” to support the quality journalism that we need as a society.