Blogs on the Couch: Analysis from Within and Without

03/23/2006 08:01 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The more influential the blogosphere becomes, the more intense is the debate over the nature of the beast -- both from those on the outside looking in, and from bloggers themselves.

We see those put under the blog microscope starting to go on the offensive. If Don Rumsfeld, Bill Keller, and Judy Miller are all taking cheap shots at you, you must be doing something right.

We see old-school OBs (Original Bloggers) like Andrew Sullivan and Ana Marie Cox being subsumed into the MSM, which is desperately trying to play catch-up -- with fitfully successful results (see the "firestorm" at the WaPost over its new Red America blog.)

And, most importantly, we see bloggers thrusting and parrying among ourselves, trying to work out the good, the bad, the ugly, and the inevitable of this intensely personal and powerful means of expression.

We are featuring six great contributions to this ongoing debate on our blog today, from Nora Ephron (on just who has the right to blog), Jeff Jarvis (calling Bill Keller on the carpet), Jane Hamsher and Ankush Khardori (calling WaPo's Jim Brady on the carpet), Marty Kaplan (ruminating on blogger theatricality), and Harry Shearer (on the facts about MSM fact-checking). Be sure and check them out.

Elsewhere, Atrios, FishBowlLA, and Markos weigh in.