January 19, 2011 13:20
Thanks to the intriguing personaes who've seen fit to comment here!
You might be interested to know that I've been mildly scolded for expressing a "negative opinion about blogging" in my last post. An anti-opinion.
I'll take the occasion to clarify, and express the 'pro' side of this coin: I often find blogs about current events quite useful — when they're written by those who know what they're talking about, and have something to say.
Blogs barometer the moment more immediately than any book could.
Books have a built in lag time, since they need editing and development and even eBooks must be manufactured. Print books require the additional time of shipment and distribution, to say the least for being marketed in a catalog and promoted in stores by a sales force.
Time works to potentially enrich a book, but the race to provide time-sensitive information effectively is on.
And who wins? The short, pointed blog that answers to the moment — or the more extensively researched book?
As I've written before on this blog, it's a good time in the history of information dissemination to avail ourselves of simultaneity ... and perhaps not expect an apple to taste like an orange.