6.2. About Blogging

In early 2002, blogging was being widely discussed. For example, there was an article on February 25, 2002, in the New York Times.[] It seemed to care more about whether blogging companies could become big, profitable businesses and cared less about the effects blogging might have on politics, customers' relationships with corporations, or any of the myriad other areas that have been affected by blogs in the years since.

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The writings by the "professional" press about blogging resulted in reactions from bloggers on their blogs. Here are some examples:

Meg Hourihan, www.megnut.com

monday, february 25[]

In the past few weeks, as I've been rather quiet on this site, there's been an explosion in weblog coverage by various news sources, including: Wired's Blah, Blah, Blah and Blog; Canada's National Post 'Bloggers' emerge from internet underground; Henry Jenkins (director of the Program in Comparative Media Studies at MIT), Blog This; three Guardian articles (1, 2, 3); Andrew Sullivan's, A Blogger Manifesto; and today's New York Times article, Is Weblog Technology Here to Stay or Just Another Fad?.

Goodness, but that's a lot of coverage in a short amount of time. Unfortunately most of it fails, once again, to penetrate or probe in any sort of meaningful way. Of especial disappointment to me is the Times' piece asking whether blogging is just another fad, not because I'm afraid of ...

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