Monday, June 26, 2006

Alan Jacobs on blogs

Alan Jacobs recently wrote an article about blogs, the conversations they generate, and their architecture for Books & Culture: A Christian Review. He is a former professor of mine and an excellent writer, so naturally I'm going to link to an article of his! This one is called Goodbye, Blog: The friend of information but the enemy of thought. To see what he means by that, you'll have to read the article, but here's one general idea:

Whatever one thinks about the structure of the internet as a whole, it is becoming increasingly clear that the particular architecture of the blogosphere is the chief impediment to its becoming a place where new ideas can be deployed, tested, and developed. Take, for instance, the problem of comments.

Thanks to Mary McKinney for directing me to the article.