Saturday, October 01, 2005

Elsewhere in the Toronto blogworld

Robert Fulford has an article about blogs in the new Toronto Life. Brett Lamb doesn't think much of it. Oddly enough, I'm not all that interested in blogs -- there are a handful that I read obsessively, but I don't spend much time thinking about the form. I do think Brett has a good point in deriding Fulford's point about the amount of crap you have to wade through to find anything worthwhile in the blogosphere. There's no more bad blogging than there is bad writing in all the conventional, offline genres; the difference is that the internet is unfiltered. So looking for a good blog isn't like walking into a bookstore and browsing the shelves -- it's more like digging through the slush pile at a major publishing house. And, of course, there are lots of people online who are happy to dig through the internet so you don't have to. Case in point: the contributors to the fine sidebar of Toronto blog links that accompanies the online version of the Fulford article. There's even a plug for squiddity, courtesy of Mark Truscott! Hey thanks!


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