Weve had a few discussions about blogging, and also how it relates to commercial domination of the Web, and how it may become a significant new genre of journalism despite teething problems that exist in any new venture.. That somehow blogging may well be some way the common man can make his voice heard..
Lets say Ive seen some absolutely brilliantly written blogs. One by one of the senior members here too. Its tempting to see it all as adolescent crap, but webloggers inlcude professors, all age groups, and ethnic groups..
It may seem strange to imagine the blogging community as a force that will shape the information environment almost as powerfully as corporate media. We learn in the history books about Samuel Morse’s invention of the telegraph but not about the thousands of operators who shaped the circulation of messages...
To me, blogging is nothing new. It's the best of classic usenet without the spam/promotions noise factor. It's welcome to see them get some attention from a mainstreamer like an MIT journal.
The article itself though, really put me off with the first sentence. Comparing bloggers to cockroaches? So in future references I will remember him easily with that as a by line: Henry "Cockroach" Jenkins.
And you are right, there are some killer bloggers in the forums. Surf those profiles!