Blogs are a wonderful thing. The fact that every human being with Internet access and time on their hands can broadcast their thoughts is a trully disruptive and enchanting idea.
Now if only we did not have people who sound better only when they shut up.
But it ain't a perfect world.
There are some blogs I read that are so unashamedly mediocre, that they cross the threshold into sublime humor.
I hope, dear reader, that this blog does not serve the same purpose for you.
If it does, well, I intended it to be so all along :-).
But seriously, there is a blog out there called Vantage Point which I read often. I mean its in my Safari RSS Feed list. What happened to this guy is truly frightening.
Any medium is great at first when there is a barrier to entry to access and use it. It just gets harder to mine all the good stuff as it is created and published in real-time. With today's cutting edge technology -- essentially Pagerank, content can only be found when it has already enjoyed a certain degree of social acceptance, or unless it is so distinguishable from the crazy mass of words that is the Internet that it lights up like a Christmas Tree.
With this technological barrier still in place, the blog as a source of innovative writing is finished.
Unless the content location technology is upgraded soon, there is every likelihood of the loud, stupid voices in the world drowning out the sane, rational ones.
So for its next avatar, I would like the blog to be complemented with an intelligent search engine. Something which checks for tell-tale signs of insight -- dunno what those could be...good grammar? Allusions and references? Originality (Even Shakespeare wasn't original)?
Or should we just teach a Bayesian filter the works of all the great authors in all languages, and then use that to rank content?