July 29, 2008

HAD A NICE PANEL ON BLOGGING FOR NEW LAW PROFESSORS, with Ann Bartow, the former blogger Jeff Cooper (who offered a cautionary tale of blog-addiction), Nancy Rapoport, and Paul Secunda.

One thing that occurred to me is that when Linda Greenhouse retired she was the last Linda Greenhouse, because now I go to blogs like ScotusBlog, or The Volokh Conspiracy, or How Appealing to find out what happened, before going to the NYT to find out how the story is being spun. I don’t think that any reporter will be able to dominate things the way Greenhouse did for most of her career, because the blogs are taking over a lot of the initial analysis, and diffusing the first-mover authority that Greenhouse enjoyed.