: Chris Anderson reacts to the post below, agreeing that it’s mistaken to try to turn blogs into an institution:
You can find responsible and irresponsible blogs, journalistic and non-journalistic ones, male-dominated clusters and female-dominated clusters, snarky blogs and serious blogs, and superficial, derivative, navel-gazing ones alongside ones of such depth and scholarship that they put even the serious press to shame.
In short, blogs are a Long Tail, and it is always a mistake to generalize about the quality or nature of content in the Long Tail–it is, by definition, variable and diverse.
The presumption that things that are less popular are less good is a classic fallacy; indeed,tail content is often of higher quality than head content, simply because it is uncompromising. Content that is perfectly targeted for some people will be, by definition, wrong for other people–and that’s okay.