Ouch! Last week’s Virtual Culture column by Russell Smith, about blogs, was launched into the media ether at roughly the same time as Maclean’s wrote about the phenomenon. (Wednesday, September 3 versus Monday, September 8 respectively). I must admit that Maclean’s certainly looks and (occasionally) reads better since their redesign back in goodness knows when (last year? The year before?). However, they are not particularly well-known for setting the popular culture agenda. To be rude, they’re often behind the times by six months to a year.
Granted, Michael Snider in Maclean’s spent most of his article explaining what a blog is, while Smith tried his valiant best to be philosophical and profound:
In fairy tales, protagonists with terrible secrets whisper them to the grass or to a hole in the ground. In the absence of such a poetic sensibility -- and in the absence of actual priests -- the Internet serves as a neutral receptor for yearnings and anger and confession: It is a cosmic ear.
To quote Alfred E. Newman, "Ecch!"