First the good news : Zack in Blogging Begets Better Brains reports on an neurolearning blog written by Drs. Fernette and Brock Eide who recently posted a piece on the Brain of the Blogger. He summarises the key points)
"1. Blogs can promote critical and analytical thinking.
2. Blogging can be a powerful promoter of creative, intuitive, and associational thinking.
3. Blogs promote analogical thinking.
4. Blogging is a powerful medium for increasing access and exposure to quality information.
5. Blogging combines the best of solitary reflection and social interaction."
And now here's the bad news. A recent article in the TLS reproduced by Grumpy Old Bookman comments on the relationship between blogs and writing printed on that stuff, what's it called again? oh yes, paper :
"it is notable that, while literary blogs feed off print culture, print culture is barely nourished by blogs ... Bloggers have the advantage of universality, but are casulaties of transience. The signs are that they pine for the permanence of print."
While TalkLeft reports that anti-bloggers think it's just a passing phase we're going through.
"Critics, though, view all the fuss about blogs as the latest bout of Internet hyperbole, one that will eventually fade away once readers realize they are rife with inaccuracies and mundane minutiae."
Personally it's the mundane minutiae I read for.