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Acute, brilliant, but I object, Your Honor: only very popular blogs risk becoming online publishing. I suspect there is a phisical limit in the number of conversations one can have: after that, it turns into broadcasting.

I have very strong faith in the Long Tail, where a million small conversations are started every day. Don't you?


Welcome Gaspar, I accept your objection and your faith. It's been a long time since we've engaged in one of those small conversations. I wrote a response as a new post "Misunderstanding Gonzo Marketing"

So good to hear from you. I now go to add your site to my RSS reader so I can receive your broadcasts and I can learn more italian.

Jon Husband

Very nice unintentional analysis.

I think Weblogs introduce a 'committed teacher' back into the world of learning and a committed teacher's systematic context construction activity. A weblog can only provide a 'committed teacher' when the weblog's author is himself a learner and not a teacher, when an author exposes his blueprint of arriving at synthesis, when weblog posts are a systematic context construction blueprint, where we learn of an author's road leading to the point of synthesis.

And then there's always the Happy Tutor


Well...that just about sums it up,

BUT - those that see weblogging as online content publishing aren't seeing weblogging, they're seeing online content publishing using weblogging tools. One can use a photocopier to copy a page from a book and store it and use it and cite and reread it over and over and use it with other copies to build something new OR one can use a photocopier to run off a thosuand leaflets to be left in the windshields of cars, announcing one's new beatles memorobilia shop opening party Saturday night.

I for one came to weblogging thinking I might find an audience and do business instead found some friends. Talk about a Peekaboo!

So, though one attends a party with the intention of schmoozing clients it sometimes happens that out of the blue a beautiful young woman steals your heart. KaBoom!

The weblogging tool may or may NOT open up your peripheral vision.

Happenstance happens.


Peekaboo! back at you.


Thoughts on exploratory learning:
My own journey in language-learning is ongoing - both exploratory and instructor-guided. I find that neither is fully sufficient - I seem to need these three different things to really start "getting it":
1. Exposure to "dull" base learning (Pimsleur comes to mind)
2. Exposure to the language in its cultural context - spending time puzzling it out, dictionary in hand, finding out that what I just spent 15 minutes understanding is a common "set phrase" that doesn't need to be broken down.
3. Classroom learning, which provides the framework (your "systematic blueprint") upon which the individual "bits" from the first two, but also fills in the blanks of knowledge that may not have been present or obvious in the first two - Either because it's considered "grammatically complex" and not suitable for a beginner (in the first type), or too formal, unusual, or normally elided in common speach (in the second type) but nevertheless inherently understood by each and every native speaker, and without which one's knowledge of the new language cannot be completed.

To relate this back: The best (or at least "most informative") blogs do represent the kind of authoritative and coherent narrative which one can follow and echo in themself, and replicate the blogger's "journey of idea". The source that I have found more consistent (but don't worry, I don't "trust" it further than I can throw it) is Wikipedia... by its own tenets, the kind of "blueprint" you're looking for is explicitly asked-for in Wikipedia articles... even poorly written ones can be useful, because of the degree to which they draw the black lines on the paper and put the number in each space, for you to color in yourself.

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