I’m wandering through my 30s, listening to my educational podcasts, when I am suddenly confronted with my own mortality. Or at least confronted with the fact that the podcast Grammar Girl is explaining some new slang term. Not only do I not know what it means, I’ve never actually heard of it.
The hashtag SquadGoals is apparently what all the cool kids on Instagram are saying these days. And it basically refers to the ambition that you, as a viewer of a photograph, should have to be as cool as the group of people in the photograph.
Boy golly gee, am I glad that I’ve got a podcast on language usage to tell me what the kids are up to these days.
I’m pretty active on both Instagram and Twitter so I’m surprised that I haven’t come across the usage before. But, also, I’m rapidly moving out of that 18-35 demographic where the cool kids are.
On the other hand, a Facebook group (you kids heard of the Facebooks?) I post in had a thread a few weeks ago about guilty pleasure TV and at least 80% of the shows were reality TV shows that I’d never heard of.
So perhaps it’s not age but just that I am a culturally-oblivious, generally uncool person?
Google “Is blogging dead?” and you’ll get top search results from plenty of blogs, but also major traditional news outlets like The Guardian and Mother Jones. I didn’t search for this on a whim, I was listening to a backlog ofFreakonomics podcasts and in a live show, Stephen Dubner mentions how much he misses blogging.
There’s been lots of talk as of late that blogging is dead. That Twitter and Facebook have taken over. Facebook is now going to allow news outlets to publish directly to the site, further killing blogging, the story goes.
Whether or not blogging is dead or dying, depends, mostly on how you define blogging. Traditional print newspapers have post content to their website that doesn’t appear in print. Is that blogging? Is Jezebel? Is Twitter really the same as blogging? Does the existence of Storify change the answer?
In the interview, Dubner says something else as well. As he came from traditional journalism, he says the best part about blogging is that there is no gatekeeper between you and being published. You can write something. And publish it. It is as simple as that.
So long as people have the desire to write things and then publish them for the others to read without interference, blogging, in some form will exist.