This interview with Jeff Jarvis (President and Creative Director of Advance.net, the online arm of Advance Publications — Newshouse Newspapers, Condé Nast), who blogs at BuzzMachine, raises lots of issues of interest:
' I started blogging after surviving and reporting on the attacks on the World Trade Centre, where I arrived on the last PATH train as the first attack hit. I wrote my story for our online services and papers but I still had more to say. And so, I blogged. It has filled all my available life since.
What has been your best blogging experience? After discovering the wonder of the Iranian weblog revolution, I hoped for a flowering of blogs in Iraq, and one day a dentist from Baghdad named Zeyad emailed me and said I had convinced him: he would blog. Now from Healing Iraq, he gives us a new perspective and he has convinced a dozen friends to do likewise. Having even a small part in helping a new nation discover free speech is more exciting than anything I have ever done in journalism. ...
What are you reading at the moment? Well, it's sad, I suppose (though I'm not sure why) but I truly read little more than weblogs these days. Reading books changed for me on September 11, 2001, when I was reading Jonathan Franzen's latest novel. I had to throw out my copy; it was infiltrated with the dust of destruction. I bought another copy. I couldn't bear its self-absorption. Fiction has changed for me since. Nonfiction looks stale next to weblogs. News looks sterile next to weblogs. So I read weblogs. '