Hmm. Want to talk about it?
After I saw Sherry's post about "blog addiction," it got me thinking back to a Businessweek article I had saved from last November by Jon Fine called "The Winter of Our Content."
There are some people who are quietly wringing their hands with glee that some of us are addicted to blogging -- and most of them aren't bloggers.
While some may be deluded into thinking we are pioneers in the noble pursuit of information dissemination, the democratization of opinion once generally dictated by MSM white, newspaper men (maybe with the exception of Lois Lane), it's clear when you stand back and look at things from an economic perspective that the major winners here are the techies.
Think about it -- blogs, myspace -- we're providing the content for free so that the techies can reap the rewards of ad revenue, just for starters. And the rewards we're speaking of aren't nominal.
The fact that so many are so willing -- and I'm going to put myself out there and say often for merely for the sake of ego-stroking -- to write for free is really driving down the demand -- and price -- of the freelance writer like myself who prefers to be paid for my writing.
So though we may feel empowered by all of the freedom -- we are slaves of the techlords.
Nothing can turn that tide now -- because, for all the ego we have, their humility -- and cash flow -- is exponentially stronger.
P.S. Writing this post just slashed my going rate by another .003 %.
Go head, cut me, Mick.