: Matt Welch just wrote the best overall piece on blogging that I’ve read. He did it for the Columbia Journalism Review. Great lead:
his February, I attended my first Association of Alternative Newsweeklies conference, in the great media incubator of San Francisco. It’s impossible to walk a single block of that storied town without feeling the ghosts of great contrarian media innovators past: Hearst and Twain, Hinckle and Wenner, Rossetto and Talbot. But after twelve hours with the AAN, a much different reality set in: never in my life have I seen a more conformist gathering of journalists.