or "why I stopped poliblogging...", via Rebecca's Pocket: "The blogs are talking about today's news, today. Tomorrow - or this afternoon - there will be something else to discuss. The format itself rewards frequent posting. New items are placed on the top of the page to instantly display the most current content. Readers come, and come back, when they can be assured there will be something new. Weblog posts could be written and edited over the course of a week before they are posted, but they rarely are. Prolific posting demands hasty writing. Blog culture rewards strong opinion. Bloggers link to other blogger's posts to argue with them. Sometimes to reiterate them, strongly.
For all these reasons, blogging often rewards aggression and knee-jerk reactions in a way that face-to-face discussions do not.
I don't know. But I have been disappointed to see a form that would be equally suited to independent thinking and honest evaluation become the online equivalent of talk radio instead."
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