I can’t help but think about Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game when looking at today’s blogs.
For those who don’t know what I am talking about, Ender’s Game is a late 70’s early 80’s Science Fiction series that from an internet standpoint, a centralized computer that has become somewhat sentient and filters all net traffic communications across the galaxy. Interestingly enough, Ender’s older brother becomes the Emperor through blogging on social networks and getting the people of the world to follow his every post.
I just heard the other day on NPR that there are government agencies currently employing blog tracking so they can see who has the pulse of the people with their posts. They are using the information to shape the types of political leaders they want to put forward. I think it had something to do with foreign affairs and the shaping of new government especially in the Middle East. Better start blogging now if I plan on running the world anytime soon!