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Howard Kurtz Reports on the Weblog Phenomenon

Dave Aiello wrote, "My sister, Julie, pointed out Howard Kurtz's article on column that appeared in Monday's Washington Post called Who Cares What You Think? Blog, and Find Out. My first reaction upon reading the article is summarized in my reply to my sister:"

Thanks for pointing this out. It's a pretty good article, but Kurtz is sort of late to the party with this, and isn't adding that much {to} the Blogging as a Phenomenon story line. --Dave

"But then, I started reading the comments made by other webloggers about Kurtz's column that I found on the MIT Media Lab Web Site called Blogdex. These comments made me think that I might have been too dismissive of the piece. I subsequently reread it and came to the conculsion that it is worth our readers' time after all."

"Kurtz has a number of good quotes from lesser known webloggers-- people who don't get that much media attention. These seemed like nuances to me at first, while the mentions he makes of Andrew Sullivan and Virginia Postrel made more of an impact and caused me to reject it. I think a second reading helped me to put all of his examples in their proper perspective."

"Finally, in one of my circumspect moments, I realized that the act of reconsidering Kurtz's piece goes to the very heart of what makes weblogs interesting. So, I submit this story for your consideration."

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