Other factor that helped the demise of Usenet is that it didn't really form transparent communities: although they existed, were most dark to the outsider; no problem there, but they were hidden throughout all the noise that populated the channels.
The other thing is that the blog means an investment, either money or time. You can rant all you want, but to engage readers and similar readers requires knowledge and a compelling narrative technique of sorts.
The same with email: there are tools to restrict the provenance of our email.
Usenet was interesting because it was a completely unregulated, open space, where it didn't matter volume or spam. Other channels are not as forgiving, and as you say technology is already limiting the demise of email.
Think open collaborative spaces.
October 3, 2003 02:41 PM
But maybe some of the solutions that you're proposing aren't really open. If I'm only accessable via RSS feeds I subscribed to and to people in my social network, if I'm basically operating a glorified white-list, this proves Shirky's point.
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October 9, 2003 03:09 PM
But think your solutions just illustrate Shirky's point. Technical fixes to spam will fall into two categories ... filtering and whitelists. Spammers have demonstrated that they're wise to filtering, by filling apm with random characters and arbitrary lines from novels, they can confuse any Baysian learning algorithm.
That leaves us with whitelists. (And subscription to RSS feeds or trusted correspondants etc.) But if we move to whitelists that *is* just is an example of us retreating from open to closed.
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