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   Re: [xml-dev] Aggregated content, fact checking, PICS, Atom/RSS (was Rig

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> Media organizations, although imperfect, have staff people to do fact checking.
> Academic papers are often peer reviewed.
> We know there's a difference in the credibility of those sources versus blogs
> and fringe web sites. So we need a solution for filtering out the junk.

Maybe I am not as caught up in the whole blog thing as I thought I was. 
But I thought that blogs were peer reviewed. I know that when I am short 
on time I skip most of the cruft and just read the various planets I am 
subscribed to (e.g. planet.xmlhack.com). The wonderful folks there have 
made some decisions for me about what to read and I am pretty happy 
about it. And when one of those bloggers comes out and says something 
wacky, two or three others latch on and voice their opinions. For really 
questionable stuff I check the trackbacks. I subscribe to Monogatari 
because Eno Atsushi writes cutting edge code all the time and I want to 
know when he does it.

 > In a followup piece, he also commented about the quality and
 > accuracy of blogs:
 > "A blog is a species of interactive electronic diary by means of 
which the
 > unpublishable, untrammeled by editors or the rules of grammar, can 
 > their thoughts via the web."

I tend to disagree. The blogosphere has always struck me as a far more 
postmodern experiment than diaries. I attach my own interpretation to 
the didactic *conversation*. Maybe I am wrong but it seems we have come 
full circle to the self-publishing of Samuel Pepys carrying along a 
completely different context in our knapsack.

All the best,
Jeff Rafter


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