Phenomenology of Blogging

Julian Sanchez posts, cryptically, “This animal rights discussion is reminding me how little worth saying can be said in blog posts. I think I’m done with this medium for a while.”

I’m not sure what brought that on, really, since pretty much anything one can say anywhere can be said in a blog post. It’s not like Twitter, which comes with limitations on the number of characters one can type. One could, if one wished, paste a doctoral dissertation into WordPress (although I’d recommend parenthetical citation; footnoting is a bear in most blog software).

Perhaps he means that there’s only so much that one can convey to a non-expert audience on a deeply philosophical argument without coming across as pedantic to or simply going over the head of most lay readers. But that’s true of any medium.

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  1. Bithead says:

    Sounds to me like Julian, and Mark Cuban, have been knocking back a few together.