John Greenberg at the Goodmind blog posted a great summary of what he learned at the Blogging Goes Mainstream conference sponsored by the Business Development Institute. He writes that “Blogging constitutes a new form of decision-making.” He goes on to write that blogs let people use conversations, not knowledgebases and databases, to help them make decisions. Link
If true, I think this statement is dangerous. How do we separate the bullsh#tters from the honest and informed? The ability of any blogger to self-publish to the world for free reveals how little we know about a wide range of topics. We may have opinions about this body of ignorance, but so what? Are others to base important decisions on the uninformed opinions of a stranger? Only at our peril. What do you think?
There is a related commentary by Richard Tomkins in today’s Financial Times, called “The truth, the half truths and nothing resembling the truth.” Link requires subscription.