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> > Anyway, I think what Milan's original post probably more envisioned
> > something closer to the Roubini blog than the Light Reading blog,
> > I have said I think that pretty much ceases being a blog and becomes
> > online newsletter, with the added feature of allowing interactive
> > discussion appended to each "feature" or article.
> But is this a bad thing, given that the whole point was to reshape the
> existing online newsletter?
IMO reshaping newsletters (printed or electronic) into a more
interactive form is neither good nor bad--many regulars of this list
have contributed thoughts on both side of that argument. My argument is
more basic: that when a "blog" tries to become too focused, too
topic-specific, and too organized, it really ceases behaving like the
free-form idealistic stream-of-consciousness online diary that I
associate with the term "blog" and they become instead more like
electronic columns or newsletters in their own right.
It's probably a semantic argument of connotative meaning vs. denotative
meaning. I always have and probably always will consider a "blog" to be
something informal and trivial with little structure and virtually no
limit on scope of content. Anything that tries to focus on something
tighter--whether it be global economic trends or the activities of a
chapter of a professional writer's organization--ceases to be a "blog"
to my mind and becomes a more structured organism like an electronic
newsletter or an online column. It just irks me a little to see the
term used that way, the same way it irks me to see people refer to an
SUV like a Ford Explorer or a Hummer as a "car" because I always think
of them as "trucks." ;-)
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