Blogging A Cultural Phenomenon
Blogs do two things. First off, blogs are personal. Almost all of them are imbued with the temper of their writer. This personal touch is much more in tune with our current sensibility than were the opinionated magazines and newspapers of old.
The second thing blogs do is - seize the means of production. It's hard to underestimate what a huge deal this is. For as long as journalism has existed, writers of whatever kind have had one route to readers: They needed an editor and a publisher. Even in the most benign scenario, this process subtly distorts journalism. You find yourself almost unconsciously writing to please a handful of people - the editors looking for a certain kind of story, the publishers seeking to push a particular venture, or the advertisers who influence the editors and owners. Blogging simply bypasses this ancient ritual.
Over the past few weeks I have found myself addicted to reading blogs. The best ones offer a wonderfully brainy, personal and irreverent way of seeing the world. The way many of the blogs become part of the media as a news or a feature, my guess is that someday soon, blogs will be the backbone of print media. So while I have got lots to learn from blogs, I am always eager to be part of that conversation. I observe a big part of blogs is to encourage readers to turn the blog into a running dialogue between the bloggers and the readers.