The Airing of Grievances
Monday, December 20, 2004
Here's a nice editorial from Michael Kinsley paying homage to the blogosphere. While I can see why Kinsley would say that "Web bulletin boards are more about the opportunity to talk than about the opportunity to listen", I wonder if that's a bit of an overstatement. Yes, one of the greatest wonders of web discussion is the ability to talk completely unfettered -- the opportunity to make your points as freely and as accurately as possible without interruption. But once your point has been made, you have a unique opportunity to sit back, listen and learn from a wealth of similarly unrestricted, well-thought out and carefully-crafted opinions. To me, that's one of the most satisfying aspects of AofG -- that is, to listen and learn from what Frank, Cozmo and you Grievers have to say. Of course, there will always be those who simply post their thoughts and could care less about the opinions of others, but I think over here at AofG such individuals are the exception rather than the norm. To me, this whole deal is just as much about listening as it is about talking. Perhaps even moreso. And with that said, of course, I'm curious as to what y'all think.