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An interesting commentary about comparing weblogs to the old Chautauqua style public discussions.

That’s what a weblog is like, isn’t it. You can use it to lay out an idea that is very difficult to get across at one go. Especially when you’re still trying to untangle the strands of your own thoughts. The weblog gives you the time to ruminate about a position that you’ve taken, find other situations from which you can draw implications that will either strengthen or weaken your convictions, and ultimately move you closer to better knowledge or a greater truth. If that ever happens, it doesn’t matter if nobody else reads it because you’ve rendered a service to yourself.