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It's the end of the blogging as we knew it

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She's not ready to quit blogging just yet.

DeBord Report (along with some other fine bloggers) gets a nice shout from Reuter's Counterparties, a really cool experiment in media aggregation that Felix Salmon and Ryan McCarthy are overseeing. Effectively, the stand-alone site is a outgrowth of Felix's feed reader, a natural evolution from the "Counterparties" post he used to do every day. This type of round-up post is a familiar feature of the blogosphere — I used to do one called "Reportings."

What's interesting about Counterparties is that it shows that smartly curated content from around the web can form a basis for an entire spinoff media entity, one that runs on a metabolism quite different from a big news site. The New York Times' DealBook pioneered this. Counterparties has added a dash of Gawker Media to the packaging and created something of a mega-blog, minus the dozens of contributors.