In a hallway conversation at a recent conference, David Weinberger interviews Michael Schrage, of the MIT Media Lab. There, the topic is search.
Here, the topic is blogging.
Blogging may be more democratic, but it's also likely to be less read. There is a point when there are simply too many blogs.
David Weinberger announced on National Public Radio that he would no longer be reading many of his friends' blogs. Who has the time?
"A salad bar that is five miles long is as useless to me as one that is 3,000 miles long because I am getting all the salad I can eat in the first 15 feet," Weinberger said.
This calls for a Simpsons reference:
Homer: Look kids! I just got my party invitiations back from the printers.
Lisa: [Reading the invitation.] "Come to Homer's BBBQ. The extra B is for BYOBB."
Bart: What's that extra B for?
Homer: It's a typo.
Lisa: Dad! Can't you have some other type of party, one where you don't serve meat?
Homer: All normal people love meat. If I went to a barbeque and there was no meat, I would say 'Yo Goober! Where's the meat!?'. I'm trying to impress people here Lisa. You don't win friends with salad.
Audio here. (Also, it feels good to know I'm not the only one.)
Weinberger also has a new book, Everything is Miscellaneous, due out in May. He gets blurbs from all the right digerati authors: Anderson, Dyson, Johnson, Wales. Publishers Weekly found the book full of "intriguing but not exactly helpful epigrams." The obligatory book-blog should give you a sense. The abundance of meaning and The abundance of worthiness and the new relevancy both seem to sync nicely with my recent investigations.