The Power of the Blog
has a number of vibrant local examples to prove it. While some follow the traditional model of a public diary, some seek to fill the void left by newspapers and traditional media. We spoke with four Ann Arbor bloggers from across the spectrum.
Ed Vielmetti got his first Internet account through the University of Michigan in 1985, when, he says, the online world was much more "mysterious." "There weren't really search tools back then," he explains. "There could be entire networks out there that you didn't know how to communicate with. In that sense, the Internet really has shrunk rather than grown."