Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Wired jumps the shark

In what must be a Wag the Dog moment designed to drive traffic, Wired's editor Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff team up to publish a story that loudly proclaims (hold on, here it comes) The Web is Dead!

OK, it must be a joke, right? Sadly, no.
The traffic driving effort has worked out pretty well so far: over 2400 retweets, though only 41 comments to date (though how many times do you need to read comments about the lamentable state of American journalism?).

But in one of the better responses to the story, Rob Beschizza of Boing Boing took apart the Wired story and then created a chart that shows the actual growth of Internet traffic (which I have reproduced here, clicking the chart takes you to their story).