“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