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October 7, 2011
An Invitation to Discuss SCOTUSblog and Legal Blogging Generally
See Tom Goldstein's invitation here. He adds 'In this thread, discuss the role of SCOTUSblog, and whether it succeeds or fails in fulfilling that role." That is a no-brainer. Can't get better than SCOTUSblog for what it covers. As for "legal blogging generally," that's a mixed bag.
Back in the dark ages of legal blogging, circa 2004-2005-ish, blogging was "hot" and many lawyers and law profs jumped into the medium. Today, legal blogging is a mature form of web communications. In addition to the fodder of attorneys and law firms using the medium as a form of indirect advertising, the use of the blogging platform by major legal media companies to distribute news and developments is crowding out independent voices. The opportunities for independent voices to acquire some sort of significant audience in the legal blogoshere by launching a new blog are and have been slim to none for about four years now. There are exceptions but they are few in number. [JH]