Blog blitz

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“The rea­son for a blog’s be­ing is: Here’s my opin­ion, right now.

“But­thereis­noin­her­entvirtueto in­stan­ta­ne­ity. Tra­di­tional daily re­port­ing — the news — al­ready rushes ahead at a pretty good clip, break­neck­even,and­suf­fers­forit.On the In­ter­net, all this is ac­cel­er­ated.

“The blogs must be timely if they are to in­flu­ence pol­i­tics. [. . .] In­stant re­sponse, with not even a day of de­lay, im­pairs rigor. It is also a co- ag­u­lant for or­tho­dox­ies. We rarely en­counter sus­tained or sys­tem­atic blog thought — in­stead, pan­ics and ma­nias; end­less re­hears­ings of ar­gu­ments put for­ward else­where; and a ten­dency to sub­sti­tute ide­ol­ogy for cog­ni­tion. The par­tic­i­pa­tory In­ter­net, in com­bi­na­tion with the hy­per­link, which al­lows sites to in­ter­re­late, ap­pears to en­cour­age mobs and mob be­hav­ior. [. . .]

“Be­cause po­lit­i­cal blogs are pre­dictable, they are ex­cru­ci­at­ingly bor­ing. More acutely, they pro­mote in­tel­lec­tual disin­gen­u­ous­ness, with ev­ery con­stituency hostage to its as­sump­tions and the party line.”

Joseph Rago, writ­ing on “The Blog Mob,” Dec. 20 in the Wall Street Jour­nal

A diva for our time. Mary J. Blige

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