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This isn’t a new topic – in fact, it’s a sort of spin-off from “Is Blogging killing planning” really. But I thought this article was interesting (snippet in picture above)… I found it at CNet, but there’s probably other reviews of the same book out there.

And, this snippet they quoted was great…

“If we keep up this pace, there will be over five hundred million blogs by 2010, collectively corrupting and confusing popular opinion about everything from politics, to commerce, to arts and culture. Blogs have become so dizzyingly infinite, that they’ve undermined our sense of what is true and what is false, what is real and what is imaginary. These days, kids can’t tell the difference between credible news by objective professional journalists and what they read on joeshmoe.blogspot.com.”

Ironically – and I think this is a good time to mention it – before writing the book, the author sounded off with his opinions (all steadfastly true, I’m sure) on his personal blog.

However, once you get past the deeply ironic thought that someone used a blog to rant about blogs, I think he has a great point… and, from a glance a few minutes ago, rather a good blog too. Anyway, the bit I like is that we risk being less educated through blogs. The sheer volume of information is impossible to filter, so the truth gets blocked out by the mass of subjective opinion. It’s true. I probably conspire to make this worse here on this blog! I don’t try to, but I am writing opinion – and don’t expect much more!

Maybe we do have some moral or general duty, though – to be clear what is commentary, what is supposition, and what is fact… then clearly tell people which camp we’re in? At least then, it’s up to the viewer to decide…

(As a sort of PS, I personally think that planners are better than most about being clear what is fact and what isn’t – but then it’s only human nature to think that we’re in the right, eh!)