The ever-brilliant Doc Searls gave a talk at Les Blogs <whine>I wish I was in Paris too!</whine> about What blogs are vs. What they are not. Doc’s a great teacher in the way he helps you understand an idea, then connects it to another, then connects that to another, and so on until your mind is blown.
Doc makes the crucial case that blogs should be seen as writing, and not as content delivery systems, places, or entertainment. This distinction has huge implications for free speech, commercialization, and regulation of blogs.
Take a look at his presentation. It only takes 5 minutes and you will be smarter when you’re done.