Weblogs are the Killer App
The Times reports that Slate is making money. Great. But the Times article is still trapped in old-media thinking. When it says, "...Slate — along with Salon, another online magazine — managed to prove that the Web was a viable publishing medium...." it is equating "publishing" with "corporate magazine-format publishing."
And when it talks about Slate's failure to find a "killer app" (how '90s!) for online journalism -- "Slate was hardly the bold 2.0 version of journalism promised by its founders" -- it ignores the fact that weblogs are the bold 2.0 version of journalism. The killer app in online journalism is the people who are freed to produce it.
The News & Record's intro to weblogs gets posted. I'd give it a C+. When the writer called me back in January, I told him that the best thing he could do would be to create his own weblog. As far as I can tell, he didn't. Too bad.