Internet and the Death of Blogs

In 2005, in the United States, for the first time in recorded history, a blogger was killed. Given that in those days blogs (Twitter and Facebook were not around yet) were still popular, the news appe16012027141005758222826413263ared all over the press: “Do Dead Bloggers Go to Heaven?” was among the most common news titles.

Around the time the incident took place, blogs were still a kind of revolution. People, especially young people, loved them, and all over the world, the press pointed out their many virtues. As for solving the crime of the blogger, it seems like no one really cared about that “minor” detail. However, as technology evolves and trends change continuously, this would not happen today.

If, for example, a blogger were to be murdered today, the press would definitely not react in the same way as it did in 2005. Because blogs are no longer in fashion or trendy. Today, perhaps, a crime involving Facebook might have similar repercussions, if not greater. It would not just make it to the front cover of newspapers, tabloids and magazines, both digital and analog, but it would probably also be a hot topic discussed in all kinds of social media.

As it was to be expected, and maybe even necessary, the death of blogging was only a matter of time. However, in order for this to happen, it was also necessary that the gradual, death of bloggers became a fact. Although it did not necessarily have to involve a real death in the literal sense.

Although one could argue that bloggers or blogs for that matter did not really die, but they evolved into something else, something more complex. However, there is a sort of prestige to using other terms or more refined words to refer to present day bloggers. It has been suggested that in the Southern parts of America, the world blogger today has a derogatory connotation.