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May 5, 2007 by JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
Or is it a different kind of informational animal?
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Broadcast and writing.
Look at the difference between, say, one of my DVD or book reviews that TMV has posted (with a formal intro, asides, digressions, summation, and bon mot here or there) and the typical blog post, here or elsewhere.
Blog posts are uncensored, off the top of the head. There is little thought paid to paragraph construction, and is more like arguing with someone than encapsulating something.
Blog writing is a descendant of sportswriterese- see Ring Lardner to Dick Young to Phil Pepe to Sid Hatman to Mike Lupica to Rick Reilly. A thought, then ellipsis (…)
Drudge, Sullivan….neither are really ‘writers’, but commentators with a PC rather than microphone. Drudge is actually right.
The best blogs tend to be those with the best phrased opinions, not the best writing- nor viewpoints.
It’s like the old q- who was a better critic: Siskel or Ebert? Siskel knew more about film and his views of good/bad were more clearly defined and logical, but Ebert was a better writer, and could express things to the masses more easily.
Siskel was a better critic, but Ebert a better reviewer. All bloggers write, but not all bloggers are ‘writers’. That the the last clause could state ‘not all writers are ‘writers’,’ is even more troublesome than the q about bloggers.
As a consumer (not writer) of blogs, I’m surprised that the question comes up. A blog can be as many different things as there are bloggers, it seems to me. (Okay, authoring a book online wouldn’t fit, obviously.)
The style, content and place in the blogger’s life is a very personal decision.
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