Big and small talk here

Big and small talk here
: There’s a fascinating dialogue going on in a couple of weblogs among Michael Ledeen (see bio and comments below) and Iranian webloggers — notably Pedram Moallemian and Whooman. First see the post and comments on Pedram’s Eyeranian. Then see the dialogue continue at Whoman’s site.

Whoman sums up the importance of all this with this comment:

We live in an extraordinary age when a prominent person like you and an ordinary guy like me can exchange ideas in the cyber space.

Amen. It’s extraordinary that Iranian civilians are getting the world’s ear via weblogs. And it’s extraordinary that a columnist/policymaker of Ledeen’s stature is engaging both Iranians and webloggers. There’s more history and subtlety here than I fully understand, so I’m sitting back and watching — and loving — this show. This, my friends, is the power of this new medium.

  • michael ledeen

    Thanks, and yes, I’ve learned a lot from many of the blogs and I’m grateful to them. I’m an avid blogger, as you noted, and I’ve tried very hard to engage some of those who disagree with me. sometimes I’ve succeeded, sometimes not (as with Whoman, for example, who is more interested in old discredited scandals than in moving ahead, or so it seems to me), that’s life after all.
    One of the problems with the blogs is the same as the problem with tv: all talking heads and all bloggers are seen to be equal. That’s obviously not true, so there has to be some way to distinguish.
    Here, I think, blogging has a big advantage: there is more time (space?), so there’s a chance to have a far fuller discussion, and it’s easier to sort out the valuable from the trash. But you have to have enough time to work it through, and enough knowledge to be able to make a sensible evaluation.
    So I’m gonna try to keep it up, because I think in the end I’ll be able to find the people I trust, and I think I’ll have a good, long, conversation with them.
    Like you, Jeff. Thanks for what you do.