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December 2003

Blogs and their limits

I second some of what I have stumbled across in the latest posting at homoLudens. (See also his earlier posting. I'd like us to try out Tinderbox. Can the Department of Digital Strategy pay?) I have a number of lesser blogs on the go already — I am, indeed, treating blogs as an on-line resource for noting, and several of these blogs are not ones I want yet (if ever) to put in the public domain.

On the other hand, I am much enamoured of blogging as a medium for good writing. I find this sentiment echoed explicitly in some of the comments on this teacher's blog and also implicitly in the fine writing of, for example, Harry's Place, Oliver Kamm, Clive Soley and Norman Geras. Blogs do have a role as signposts, but they can also be much more than (just) this.

Vision for a blog: what a blog might be used for

Bill Quick (from his website): 'This is my current vision for the latest iteration of Daily Pundit. Breaking news and pictures posted here instantly, from anywhere in the world. Instant syndication of that news and those pictures all over the blogosphere, complete with inline links to everybody in the blogosphere who picks up and comments on that news, so readers can track down and read what others are saying about the posts here. And open, easily accessable comments right here from me and everybody else about that news and those pictures and the inbound links that follow therefrom. Jeff Jarvis has been responsible in a major way for promulgating the mantra-meme "news is a conversation," and that is what I hope to create with the new Daily Pundit - an endless cycle of input and output and commentary on both sides of the equation, accessible 24 hours a day. The immediacy of on-the-scene observations and pictures coupled with conversation and commentary about the news as it comes in, or, more calmly, in retrospect as the tides of the blogosphere process the happenings of the world around us. ... Call it distributed journalism, or call it a conversation. It doesn't matter. Either label is accurate. Whatever you call it, I believe it is the future of journalism and reporting.'