Friday, May 13, 2011

The belch of the networked public sphere, or, Blogger is up, but posts are missing


If you are looking for yesterday's post on Newt Gingrich and health care, I am sad to report that Blogger ate it, along with many other posts by many other people due to a software malfunction. Blogger has promised that these posts will be restored eventually, although they did not give a specific date (I didn't save a draft version outside of Blogger itself.).

This episode shows how deeply dependent the networked public sphere is on the flawless maintenance of platforms like Blogger, Gmail, and Google, not coincidentally all owned by the same company. Blogger was down for little over a day; imagine what would happen if Facebook or Twitter were inoperative for an entire week.

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