Sarah Boxer has a great article in NY Review of Books with a simple title: Blogs. The article asks -- and attempts to answer -- these basic questions:
Are [blogs] a new literary genre? Do they have their own conceits, forms, and rules? Do they have an essence?
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On a not entirely unrelated note, check out this little presentation about the future of media. Here's its hook: "In the year 2014, the New York Times has gone offline. The Fourth Estates fortunes have waned. What happened to the news?"
Link via Siva Vaidhyanathan's project The Googlization of Everything.