Stipulation the first: I am not now, nor will I ever be interested in participating in the old v. new media debate, at least as it applies to weblogs, because sooner or later everyone starts discussing Instapundit in respectful tones, and I simply cannot keep a straight face.
Stipulation the second: I am in full agreement that, at least when it comes to columns, many bloggers-who-work-free write rings around columnists-who-earn-a-good-buck-at-it. However, and this is where I part ways with many in the blogging community, I don’t think this is a harbinger of the death of old-media columnists. See the “My kid could paint that” debate for background.
What keeps me coming back to my blog bookmarks day after day are entries like The Poor Man’s year-end awards, where, in search of nothing more than an excuse to put off starting the day for another couple minutes, I might find a line like this:
The greatest seasoning of 2003 was, once again, garlic. Runner-up goes to cilantro. Cilantro’s like the Larry Bird of seasoning – it’s not just that it tastes great in its own right, but it makes the food around it give 110% as well.