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October 01 2009

c3o
18:27
The blog format is responsible for a thousand tawdry tablogs: hideous half-breeds of tabloid and blog built around odeous content, cluttered site designs, and optimised for pageviews alone.

Tabloggers aren’t writing; they’re creating content — content that hopes to satisfy self-inflicted quotas [and] boost traffic. Tabloggers write from a sense of obligation; a feeling that their content must be regular and — worst of all — useful.
Yet tablogs publish the ugliest kind of useful information: vacuous lists, tutorials, and recycled how-tos that try so hard to be handy as to become meaningless, soulless, voiceless and occasionally dangerous.

Add to this the machine gun calls to action in the form of me-too social networks, overpriced affiliate promotions, and chocolate box ad matrices, and what you have is a shit tip of information design.
Rise of the Tablog → Put Things Off

(Die, SmashingMagazine, die!)

Don't be the product, buy the product!

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