Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Vitues and Vices

Gideon Rachman of the FT reflects

"Over the summer a strange array of politicians started blogging. They included Hillary Clinton, who hopes to be the next president of America; Lionel Jospin, who hopes to be the next president of France; and Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad, who is already president of Iran.

"Blogging as a medium has virtues: speed, spontaneity, interactivity and the vast array of information and expertise that millions of bloggers can bring together. But it also has its vices. The archetypal political blog favours instant response over reflection; commentary over original research; and stream-of-consciousness over structure.

"Was that last judgment fair? Does it really follow logically from the rest of the argument? I am not sure and I have no time to think about it further. I have to get back to my blog."

His references to some blogs are also helpful and include:

David Cameron: David Miliband: Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad: Lionel Jospin: ; Hillary Clinton: Segolene Royal: Ferenc Gyurcsany