Weblog serves as a communication hub
I've been thinking about whether weblogs can be a medium for discourse. Just last night it came to me: Habermas makes a distinction within communicative action, between conversation and discourse. I figured that no single medium can offer a platform for discourse, so weblogs as a sole medium can't be seen as discourse. Rather, weblogs are a very good startingpoint for discourse. The weblog can serve as a filter for getting to know people who are interested in the same things. Through weblogs one can have conversations with 'self' and (preferably) others. These conversations can transcend into discourse when people start using multiple communication tools simultaneously (VoIP, chat, forum, e-mail, wiki, webcam etc.), and ultimately start meeting eachother face-to-face. BlogWalk is a very good example of these f-t-f meetings.
What I'm actually saying is that no medium solely can bring communication to the level of discourse. Combining different media is the strength and the weblog serves as a communication hub (see also my previous post about weblogs as a communication hub).