I'm sure many of you have seen this already, but for the benefit of those who were introduced to blogging today : About Last Night's Terry Teachout's Notes on Blogging.
I'm not totally in agreement with his blogging philosophy (it irks me when someone writes, "A blog is not..."), but Teachout makes some really good points. Here are what I think are his two best observations:
7. The whole point of a blog is that its author controls its content. That’s why no major newspaper will ever be successful at running in-house blogs: the editors won’t allow it. The smart ones will encourage their best writers to blog on their own time—and at their own risk. The dumb ones will refuse to let any of their writers blog, on or off the job....Exactly. And not just literacy, but computer literacy. And bloggers must have regular access to a computer... Blogs and the internet may be exciting and revolutionary, but they're also very bourgeois. [This is something that sites like rabble.ca and indymedia.org tend to forget.]
13. Blogging is inherently undemocratic in one important way: it privileges literacy. Like e-mail, it is dividing the world into two unequal classes: people who feel comfortable expressing themselves through the written word and people who don’t.