The Unrepentant Individual

...just hanging around until Dec 21, 2012

May 29, 2005

200+ year history of the blogger

Eric has written a great post on the similarities between modern bloggers and the pamphleteers of old:

The rejuvenation of the pamphlet, the electronic form, the blog, has shaken the foundations of this incestuously powerful elite. And they know it. Thus, we find the backlash by the media at the “pajama clad pundits”. The claim that our lack of editors and journalistic integrity and rules means we cannot be trusted. Of course, what they really want is for us to be subject to those same rules because that would mean our incorporation into their world and our consequent loss of influence.

The power of the blog lies in the fact that it nearly anonymous, has zero cost of entry, and reaches as wide of an audience as find their way to the URL. It is freedom of speech perfectly embodied.

And with all freedom, as I’ve said before, it’s messy. It’s chaotic. And it very well may change the world for the better.

T. F. Stern's Rantings linked with Pamphlets, Now why didn’t I think of that?
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  1. You could also argue that the blog is the perfect embodiment of a free market system. You only get hits if people like what you have to say. If you write crap, no one will read you. (Well, except in my case, of course. I’m pretty sure my hit counter must be broken. :-p)

    Comment by Mike — May 29, 2005 @ 2:51 pm
  2. Pamphlets, Now why didn’t I think of that?

    Well done my fellow bloggers. I will endeavor to produce thought provoking “pamphlets” and post them as they spring from my rebellious and unbridled mind.

    Trackback by T. F. Stern's Rantings — May 29, 2005 @ 4:35 pm
  3. Pamphlets have been improved though. Now, with comments, we can be told that our pamphlets suck. Not this place, mind you. I’m speaking generally.

    Ok, I’m talking about me.

    Comment by KJ — May 30, 2005 @ 7:31 am

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