So here’s what the Editor in Chief of the New York Times has to say about weblogs:

There are, of course, blogs where you encounter intelligent, provocative debate and reflection, and I value them, but it seems to be a world in which people quickly harvest the stuff that conforms to what they already believe, where there’s a lot more pronouncing and cheerleading than listening and reflecting, and where the market has little tolerance for ambiguity and complexity.

There was a time when nobody who sampled the weblogs that were available could have come away with this impression. That was a long time ago.