Update: January 30
Ezra Klein weighs on on Vox Media about Andrew Sullivan's "taking a break", with a piece "What Andrew Sullivan's exist says about the future of blogging", here. It's true, as I noted above, there is a lot of tension between modern social media, with the need to generate ("viral") contacts with specific people, and "older" forms of blogging (like around 2006) with the focus on a "conversation" about an area of content (requiring contextual knowledge), and even older "flat sites" associated with self-published books -- my model going back to 1997. (Remember "Hometown AOL"?) As I found then, when I worked as a substitute teacher, putting out controversial material this way, to readers who find it and don't bother to look up and understand the broader context, can lead to dangerous misinterpretation, what lawyers now call "the implicit content problem".