Andrew Sullivan on blogs

Andrew Sullivan, journalist for the London Times, comments on Web logs.

The pioneer – back in 1994 – was one Justin Hall whose “Links From the Underground” blog detailed, among other things, his passion for sex and drugs. But since then, the genre has evolved into a mish-mash of links to other stories on the web, personal comments on the news, spirited debates between various pundits, book discussion groups, and much else. As the Far Eastern Economic Review noted recently, “Weblogs are where the real action is. They are the creation of individuals, usually musings on national, local or personal events, links to interesting articles, a few lines of comment or discussion collected and presented by one person. Weblogs are a milestone in the short history of the Internet.”

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