Dollars and Jens
Sunday, May 23, 2004
A Paean to the Blogosphere
The 15th season finale of the Simpsons ended with a celebration of the blogosphere, sort of.
The story [spoiler alert] is that Burns, upon discovering (as he did in at least one previous ep, but never mind that) that he's unpopular, decides to buy out all of the town's media. Lisa is publishing her own paper, though, and continues through a certain amount of harassment. At the end she gives up, but everyone else in town starts their own newspapers.
You don't need a license to be a blogger, and you don't need heavy financing. All you need is an internet connection and a little too much free time on your hands. Information worth spreading tends to spread.
Speaking of free time, I have about 700 pages to study in the next twelve days.