Friday, January 23, 2009

To All Blogoholics

For centuries, writer have experimented with forms that evoke the imperfection of thought, the inconstancy of human affairs, and the chastening passage of time. But as blogging evolves as a literary form, it is generating a new and quintessentially postmodern idiom that's enabling writers to express themselves in ways that have never been seen or understood before. Its truths are provisional, and its ethos collective and messy. Yet the interaction it enables between writer and reader is unprecedented, visceral, and sometimes brutal. And make no mistake: it heralds a golden era for journalism.
Andrew Sullivan
The Atlantic November 2008


FranIAm said...

I have to turn that one over in my mind awhile.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Interesting. Of course, not all blogs are journalism. Some fit more in the confessional category and some are more essays. But it's interesting to think of them as being provisional and messy.



maryt/theteach said...

Great quote by a great Conservative journalist who changed his mind and voted for Obama in this Presidential Election! :)Thanks for visiting my blog, Diane!

SandyCarlson said...

Go Andrew!

I think the mainstream media doesn't quite know what to do with us. It's nice to be under the notice of such an august magazine.

Thanks for highlighting this.