Today, Michael Berube closed down his very interesting three years old blog. I started to read him through PZ Myers's Pharyngula. He writes:
So today’s the last day of this humble blog’s existence—though I hear there might be some fireworks here tomorrow (and of course I’ll keep all the archives available). Thanks to everyone who’s stopped by in the past week to pay respects, offer condolences, ask me to keep at it, or just say hello.Truth is that I am unable to distill from his long and complex farrago of worldplays a coherent argument, but the problem obviously is in me. Since Berube obviously loves blogging and the adulation he gets for it, I daresay something is wrong, but I cannot put the finger on it. The fact is he is stopping. There goes a big one!
But I didn’t tell Scott the real reason I’m retiring the blog, which is this: I’ve now taken the medium as far as it can go. I feel it’s too constrained, too limiting. My new project for 2007 will involve v-casting my enormous looming ghostly head directly into your living room so that I can harangue you and your loved ones at any hour of the day. This new form will also be available in eight-track format with a “citizens’ band.” And we hope you like our new direction!
So, dear friends and assorted enemies in a healthy 9:1 ratio, thanks for helping to make these three years of blogging so edifying. I still think this here blogosphere is a great venue for public intellectual work, and I’m deeply grateful to all the blogging liberals and progressives and lefties who decided they’d had it up to here with the “liberal” opinion industry of Joe Klein and Richard Cohen and Peter Beinart and decided to take matters into their own hands. I’ll be reading you all for as long as you keep writing. And don’t forget to look for my pseudonymous comments on those blogs! I’ll be the guy who sounds like me.