Blogs vs. bulletin boards

January 5, 2003



Some churches run web-based discussion boards. How is blogging different?

For a modernist, the advantage of forums is their organization; discussions are organized into topics, and topics into categories. The problem with blogs is they are unorganized, transient, free-floating. You have no idea what the next posting may be about.

For a postmodernist, the disadvantage of forums is their organization; things are broken down into boxes, making random, serendipitous connections difficult. The great thing about blogs is they are unorganized, transient, free-floating. You have no idea what the next posting may be about!



Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.