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Time’s science writer (or one of them), Mike Lemonick, has started a blog. Carl Zimmer at The Loom approves of this, but not of the fact that Lemonick does not allow comments.

He sums up succinctly why, confusingly on another blog called Pharyngula — maybe he’s now linking to a comment he made previously on the same topic somewhere else:

"People who start a blog and don’t have a commenting function – I just think they’re cowards. I mean, if you’re going to be out there, you’ve got to have a real blog. Everybody else does! It’s kind of pathetic to be a professional journalist and feel like you can’t handle the heat. All those amateurs out there allow comments, and that’s what makes a blog really interesting, because it’s a conversation."

There is a lot of interesting discussion in the comments (;-) ) about this point of view — not from Lemonick, though. I’m not sure I will visit his blog if he does not allow comments. I don’t want to comment on most of the blogs I read (thankfully, or I’d never get past square 1), but what I do like about blogging, as opposed to other types of reading, is that you can comment about what you read, when you read it, if you like.

Bonnie Calhoun said…

I agree with you wholeheartedly. I tend not to return to blogs that don’t have a comment funtion. It makes me think the writer just likes to hear himself talk…LOL!

Thanks for the visit!

4:24 AM

Transport map craze over

London Underground Tube Diary – Going Underground’s Blog

It happened first for the London Underground, then whipped round what seemed like every city transit system in the world, courtesy of Boing Boing. But now it is all over. Anagram transport maps, in London at least, have had their moment in the sun. The mash-ups were as unpopular with the officials of these systems as they were popular with the bloggers who created and linked to them. Boing Boing, being Canadian, has been reporting on some of the Toronto clampdowns. But, sadly, the London examples are gone or near-gone also, as reported at the link above.

As Annie Mole writes of London Underground’s action: "Admittedly, they’re perfectly within their rights to do this, but I wonder why they don’t go after all of the knock off T-Shirts and other stuff being sold for a profit, rather than spend time & money picking on easy targets like websites which aren’t trying to make any money out of the spoofs."

There is a (final?) London Underground map and message on the link above which in succinctly if impolitely puts the bloggers’ point of view.