Pipeline Person ClintE noted today that Pipeline has been in a state of semi-hiatus of late. He also observed that tends to make a blog suck. I’d try to pass it off as minimalist art, but he speaks the truth: Pipeline Sucks.
I have a theory about blogs, which is that pretty much they all suck. Every single one of them, Pipeline included. Right now, in fact, I can’t think of a single blog that doesn’t suck, or at least suck the life out of me while I’m reading it. Don’t you agree? Can’t you feel it right now, the sensation that you should probably be doing something else?
When blogs first came to prominence in the early 2000’s they were hailed as a revolution in “personal publishing” or any number of other dated phrases meant to mean that anybody could write whatever they wanted and their friends basically had to endure it as long as the author kept cranking out the material. Bloggers were “empowered” or “organic journalists” or “stoned” or “relevant forces of change in the new millennium”.
But what really happened to cause that Blog Heyday of 2002-2006? Sure, the authoring tools and high-speed internet made it all possible. But people weren’t blogging or reading blogs because the blogging was so awesome. No. Blogs and blog readership shot through the roof because the country was in a national state of mourning over the Bush Administration. Nobody wanted to read the “media” because the media had screwed us in every way possible. And basically, people wanted to disengage reality and engage in the biggest orgy of self-indulgence our nation has known since our last huge orgy of self-indulgence, roughly the period between 1955 and 1999.
But now we’ve read all the blogs and blog entries we can stomach, and even our closest, most talented blogging friends can’t change the fact that blogs suck, and the much-heralded blogging revolution has passed.
Coming next: The good people at Nintendo legitimize the holy grail of combined video game playing and masturbation. See you in four years!