... there may be something even more interesting than blog swarms and their possible effect on public discourse. In recent email exchanges Dave Lull and I have discovered how much we have in common in terms of what we have have been reading and thinking about - even though we have been doing it quite independently of each other for decades. We both, for instance, retain a fondness for Colin Wilson, his unfashionability notwithstanding. Well, last week Dave sent me a link to Anecdotal Awareness and I posted the link here, commenting that Anecdotal Evidence was a site I planned to visit again. And I did, this morning, and what to my wondering eyes should appear but a post about William Hazlitt, whom I have mentioned a number of times here.
My point is that blogs are extraordinarily helpful in linking those with a community of interests to each other. No coercion, no top-down organization. It just happens. I believe this will have significant impact on a lot of different areas. In the meantime, visit Anecdotal Evidence. (I'm just linking to the site, not selecting any one post. Just scroll down. It's all interesting.)