[From "Lord of the blogs"]
Of all the stories leading America's annual greatest hits list, the one that subsumes the rest is the continuing evolution of information in the Age of Blogging. Not since the birth of the printing press have our lives been so dramatically affected by the way we create and consume information - both to our enormous benefit and, perhaps, to our growing peril. What is wonderful and miraculous about the Internet needs little elaboration.
We all marvel at the ease with which we can access information - whether reading government documents previously available only to a few, or tracking down old friends and new enemies. It is this latter - our new enemies - that interests me most. I don't mean al-Qaida or Osama bin Laden, but the less visible, insidious enemies of decency, humanity and civility - the angry offspring of narcissism's quickie marriage to instant gratification.
The above is an excerpt from a commentary written by Kathleen Parker of the Orlando Sentinel. Parker goes on to write that while she means no disrespect to bloggers. At the same time, she makes this declaration:
Bloggers persist no matter their contributions or quality, though most would have little to occupy their time were the mainstream media to disappear tomorrow. Some bloggers do their own reporting, but most rely on mainstream reporters to do the heavy lifting. Some bloggers also offer superb commentary, but most babble, buzz and blurt like caffeinated adolescents competing for the Ritalin generation's inevitable senior superlative: Most Obsessive-Compulsive.
Parker's op-ed piece, no doubt, is generating discussion in the blogosphere. To read her entire article, click here.
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