Nancy White, Alan Levine and others are having an interesting discussion about the us vs. them attitude between users of blogs and message boards. Alanâ€™s post Conversations: Tree People and Cave Dwellers offers food for thought via the attitudes shared by users of Moodle. They make Alan wonder if weâ€™re all using the same Internet.
My perspective is that the relatively short life of blogs is at the root of the â€œUs vs. Themâ€?? attitude. The idea that an individual can use a personal web site to connect and interact on a level equal to that of a discussion forum is still fresh and a little heretical in some circles.
When we hear criticisms of a blog as a viable communication/community platform, weâ€™re hearing a lack of understanding thanks to the young life of the blog as compared to other platforms. Remember, cars used to be called â€œhorseless carriagesâ€??.
So, let the critics have their say. We bloggers are the early adopters of something different, but not necessarily better than other platforms for communicating on the web. I think weâ€™ll find that blogging will fill a niche that is altogether different than the niche currently being filled by discussions forums and both will exists for a long time to come. The world on online communities is not either/or, it's neither, both or whatever combination works for a specific group.