How Jonah Lehrer should blog

The prob­lem with Jonah Lehrer, like the prob­lem with Zach Kouwe, is not that he was hum­bled by the insa­tiable demands of Blog. Instead, it’s that he made a cat­e­gory error, and tried to use a reg­u­lar blog as a vehi­cle for the kind of writ­ing that should not be done in blog for­mat. Lehrer shouldn’t shut down Frontal Cor­tex; he should sim­ply change it to become a real blog. And if he does that, he’s likely to find that blogs in fact are won­der­ful tools for gen­er­at­ing ideas, rather than being places where your pre­cious store of ideas gets used up in record-quick time.

Felix Salmon - How Jonah Lehrer should blog.

Will fact-checking go the way of blogs?

With any luck, what’s hap­pen­ing to blogs will also hap­pen to fact-checking. As fact-check columns pro­lif­er­ate and become impos­si­ble to ignore, reporters will start incor­po­rat­ing their con­clu­sions in their report­ing, and will even­tu­ally reach the (shock­ing!) point at which they habit­u­ally start com­par­ing what politi­cians say with what the truth of the mat­ter actu­ally is. In other words, the great­est tri­umph of the fact-checking move­ment will come when it puts itself out of work, because jour­nal­ists are doing its job for it as a mat­ter of course.

Felix Salmon - Will fact-checking go the way of blogs?