Andrew Sullivan hat im „Atlantic“ einen in jeder Hinsicht großen Artikel über das Bloggen veröffentlicht — über seine ganze eigene Art, das Medium und seine Möglichkeiten zu nutzen, und das Bloggen an sich:
(…) From the first few days of using the form, I was hooked. The simple experience of being able to directly broadcast my own words to readers was an exhilarating literary liberation. Unlike the current generation of writers, who have only ever blogged, I knew firsthand what the alternative meant. I’d edited a weekly print magazine, The New Republic, for five years, and written countless columns and essays for a variety of traditional outlets. And in all this, I’d often chafed, as most writers do, at the endless delays, revisions, office politics, editorial fights, and last-minute cuts for space that dead-tree publishing entails. Blogging—even to an audience of a few hundred in the early days—was intoxicatingly free in comparison. Like taking a narcotic.
It was obvious from the start that it was revolutionary. Every writer since the printing press has longed for a means to publish himself and reach—instantly—any reader on Earth. Every professional writer has paid some dues waiting for an editor’s nod, or enduring a publisher’s incompetence, or being ground to literary dust by a legion of fact-checkers and copy editors. If you added up the time a writer once had to spend finding an outlet, impressing editors, sucking up to proprietors, and proofreading edits, you’d find another lifetime buried in the interstices. But with one click of the Publish Now button, all these troubles evaporated.
Alas, as I soon discovered, this sudden freedom from above was immediately replaced by insurrection from below. Within minutes of my posting something, even in the earliest days, readers responded. E-mail seemed to unleash their inner beast. They were more brutal than any editor, more persnickety than any copy editor, and more emotionally unstable than any colleague. (…)
Sullivan ist eine faszinierende Persönlichkeit: Er ist konservativ und schwul, legt sich mit christlichen Fundamentalisten an und mit fanatischen Atheisten, war 2000 für George W. Bush und 2004 gegen ihn, hasst Hillary Clinton und verachtet Sarah Palin … Ich merke, es klingt lächerlich banal, wenn ich das so aufschreibe. Lesen Sie sein Blog „The Daily Dish“. Ach so, und den Artikel natürlich: