For some time, blogs have served as forums for online debate and as paths to political influence. Now, social networks and video clips are claiming some of that political clout. Have blogs had their day?
Blogger Hossein Derakhshan alias Hoder was among Iran's best known bloggers. In early 2000, his directions for blogging, written in Farsi, triggered a blog revolution in Iran - and put him behind bars for years. Today, he says blogs are dead; the internet has become an entertainment medium and is no longer a place for social or political debate.