Trust me these Blogs are massive in the US and elsewhere now and can get millions of visitors a day on some of them. The Drudge Report gets 12 million per day visiting the site!! On a lot of them, you can post comments after registering. They really are a phenomenon.
They are making a big difference in the US with this election, the CBS program 60 minutes did a story on Bush's National Guard service and showed memo's supposedly written by his CO criticizing him for not turning up etc. It was a Blog that broke the story that the memo's were fake. The guy proved they had been written with MS Word and the Memo was supposedly written in 1972! It spread across the internet like wildfire and the mainstream media eventually picked it up and CBS and Dan Rather are now in deep do-do over it.
These Blogs are as you imagine very partisan and are hugely popular. They are changing the way many people now get news.
A popular republican/right of center Blog is Powerline
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So isn't this basically a return to Victorian Newspapers, where every little town had three or four and rather than printing 'balanced' news (whatever that is), they were mostly editorials and polemics (whatever they are)?
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Ah Grainger, lots of people said that about the internet, (I think I was one of them!). Remember, a blog is a way of going to print without the expense of a publisher. It's true that maybe nobody will read it but if you've got something to say it's a good place to do it for example Mrs Snaks who is definitely a gobby right winger feels enlightened when she goes to print. Here MrsSnaks
I quite like the whole concept actually, though I would think that my own life would be to be way too dull to be worthyt of the bandwidth.
Blogs are like little slices of people's lives and I think it's interesting and yes, educational to see the World through someone else's eyes for a few moments each day. When that someone could be anyone, doing any job, anywhere in the World, then the possibilites are endless.
In this electronic age, blogs are the new diaries.
0800 - Woke up. Looked at watch and decided not time to get up 0900 - Woke up again. Haven't changed my mind. 1030 - Woke up for a third time. Decided I was hungry and got out of bed. 1032 - Not that hungry. Back to bed. 1115 - Finally drag myself out of bed. 1116 - Go to the bathroom 1136 - Finish in the bathroom. Go in search of air freshener. 1145 - Phone rings. Mrs Jerricho checking to see if I was out of bed. 1200 - Check what's in the fridge to eat. Turn on computer. 1205 - Check email and what's going on on PPRuNe. See it's ops normal 1330 - Take dog for walk. 1425 - Back from walk, decide I need a rest. 1430 - Phone rings again. Mrs Jerricho reminding me to take dog for a walk. 1440 - Go to work. 1520 - Talk to some airplanes. Drink some coffee. Talk to more planes. Check PPRuNe again. 1840 - Check PPRuNe again. 1841 - Still here 1842 - Still here 1843 - Still here................
I run a Blog. No-one knows its there. Except the family. Thats how its meant to be - you have to be a member to be able to view the content. We keep in touch through it, exchange photos and mpeg clips and make appointments for telephone calls. As the family is spread across four different locations across eight time zones we find it very useful. Isn't technology marvellous?
Never yet bothered to read a blog, but niteflite's comment about 'seeing the World through someone else's eyes' is rather intriguing. Escaping the boundaries set by your own perceptions of reality; not a bad thing. So, any pointers to worth-the-read blogs out there?
Curiosity peaked, I read a few pages of Belledejour's output. Not susprisingly, the tedium of being prepared, i.e. having all relevant aereas waxed, nails painted, hair done, make-up flawless, stockings washed, matched and without a run, in other words the endless minutiae of being a well turned out woman, is the same for any female.
At least I never have to wonder what to wear to work.
(Unlike Belle, I can't bring a whip though.)