So what did I learn from the debate? I learned that blogs are boring. I learned that we need to get beyond arguing about blogs versus the New York Times. My book is about the future of music, movies, books, privacy, identity, morality, information, knowledge and politics in the digital age. But all anyone wants to discuss, it seems, is the well trodden terrain of bloggers versus traditional news reporters.
Enough of blogs and enough of bloggers! It's bad enough that there are 70 million of them out there, littering the Internet with fast breaking news about what their authors ate for breakfast. But blogs are just one piece in the digital media revolution. They are boring to write (yawn), boring to read (yawn) and boring to discuss (yawn).
What I really want to discuss is the impact of Web 2.0 on truth, education, memory and power. I want debate the increasingly Orwellian role of Google in our information economy. I want to talk about the way in which the Internet has unleashed a plague of pornography, gambling and intellectual dishonesty on our youth. I want to discuss the future of the book. I want to imagine the future of knowledge when, to quote David Weinberger, everything is miscellaneous.
Anyone want to join me in this discussion?