Media “The consumption of blogs is often avid and occasionally obsessive.”
posted by July 17 at 14:50 PMon
You think? The Wall Street Journal today has a piece about the 10th anniversary of the advent of blogs, and a dozen people—Newt Gingrich, Tom Wolfe, Mia Farrow (!?)—list their favorite blogs and opine about about, you know, what it all means.
(Digression: Slog is not mentioned—the outrage!—although the word “slogging” comes up in the throat-clearing intro—
…The spell check on Microsoft Word has yet to awaken to the concept of the blog. Type in “blogging,” for instance, and you will promptly earn a disapproving underscore in red, with the suggestion that “bogging,” “clogging,” “flogging” or “slogging” (unappetizing alternatives all) might, in truth, be the word you seek.
—but that’s it.)
Worth noting: I found the link to this story on the lit blog Maud Newton, one of the blogs mentioned in the WSJ piece. I found it in the column to the right called “Remainders.” It’s just links to other stuff, but it’s the best little list of literary links on the interweb. This site, while packed with stuff, has been known to put one to sleep.
Here’s what Maud’s got in the remainders column just now: The revivification (again!) of Ayn Rand; the drinking habits of Iris Murdoch and the publishing world in general (“The more lavish the book launch and delicious the wine, the less literary cachet the book is likely to have”); the fight over Derrida’s papers; a Nobel Prize winner’s plans to release her next book for free (on, you guessed it, the interweb); what font choices reveal about you as a person; The Gainesville Sun setting “a new typo-per-sentence record” (better than The Strangers’s?); and more.