Saturday, March 01, 2014

Intertubes past

PopCity last week went through some of the burghosphere (ha, remember that term) history here. All good stuff, but it does tend to stray toward those authors still around. Less mention of blogs of the past including chair-slayer Burgh Report and others, but I feel a need to at least mention the grandaddy of them all GrantStreet99.  Although it may not fit into the "social media" meme of the article just out, you can't blame GS99 for predating the Web 3.0 world we all live in today.

But there is one more old blog worth noting for posterity. The media is continuing to struggle finding its way in the new modalities, but who was the first local media type with a big impact in blog-world?

Stop reading.. take a guess.

I'd argue it was the (now defunct) IrishPennants blog by one Jack Kelly, which at its height probably had a national following at least as large as any local blog today, likely larger.  That all just came to mind because I just realized Jack's byline no longer says Pittsburgh PG (but the Pittsburgh 'Press'), at least for his commenting. I have no idea if he is still on the fitness beat technically. I may be slow in noticing the changes. His article just out on Kondratieff  waves is one I applaud, though it is an odd subject for him. On the economic theory he reflects on, notably the description of one Schumpeter as the greatest economist of the 20th century.  A lot of folks have imposed their own ideas on Schumpeter's, for good or bad, long since he has passed. Though a proponent of capitalism, few ever mention that his view was that Capitalism was doomed in the long run and that he and his wife ran afoul of J. Edgar Hoover during World War II. History is complicated.

3 Comments:

Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

MacYapper is gone… WTFWJohn is on ADB type hiatus.

Thanks for calling attention to that Jack Kelly post. Very intriguing content. I'd go on to suggest that if the "speed" of business via technology and ingenuity increases the natural and "acceptable" rate of crises / depressions, that raises sustainability issues.

Saturday, March 01, 2014 8:48:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

but MacYapper is on the radio again no? After the Man Station implosion?

Sunday, March 02, 2014 4:33:00 PM  
Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

Often it seems, and then there's the cabaret theater. @johnmcintire is legit social media.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 2:25:00 AM  

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