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In an editorial today, The New York Times notes that blogs are more than a technical advance. They represent a sea change in global communication. Running this information in an editorial, instead of a story, is the Times’ way of saying they finally got it — blogs are a valid new medium with worldwide impact.
Blogs are threatening to those, like newspapers, whose stock in trade has always been message control. But that concern is irrelevant now because there’s no going back to the bad old days when doing basic research required a trip to the library and the only source of news was the newspaper or evening news on TV.
Says the editorial:
“It’s natural enough to think of the growth of the blogosphere as a merely technical phenomenon. But it’s also a profoundly human phenomenon, a way of expanding and, in some sense, reifying the ephemeral daily conversation that humans engage in. Every day the blogosphere captures a little more of the strange immediacy of the life that is passing before us. Think of it as the global thought bubble of a single voluble species.”