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Steven Johnson has a nice quick list of topics we can move beyond when discussing blogs:

  1. Mainstream, top-down, professional journalism will continue to play a vital role in covering news events, and in shaping our interpretation of those events, as it should. …
  2. Blogs – like all modes of contemporary media – are not historically unique; they draw upon and resemble a number of past traditions and forms, depending on their focus.

I guess this helps me narrow down my paper topics :)