Blogging has the following virtues: ….intellectual honesty (in the sense of confessing immediately and openly to mistakes)….
Glenn Reynolds said the same thing on a segment of PBS’ Media Matters dedicated to blogging a few weeks ago. It puzzled me then and it still puzzles me.
Blogging has a number of virtues, but confessing “immediately and openly to mistakes” sure doesn’t seem to be one of them. On the contrary, with the exception of fairly mundane factual errors (“Megan McArdle reminds me that Keynes died in 1946, not 1945….”) I’d venture to say that bloggers are about as likely to admit error as a 6-beer drunk in a barroom argument.
Am I missing something here?