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heroes and villians

I’m pretty new to weblogging. I guess what I did in 1997 was weblogging, but that was what everything was doing then.

“Returning” to personal publishing, then, is entering a world where people feel strongly about things. Issues that outsiders such as I find arcane, like syndication formats, escalate quite quickly into religious wars.

In these wars, two protagonists stand out. They are Dave Winer, the grand old man of weblogging, and Mark Pilgrim. I haven’t really found out what they stand for, weblog-politically. But they are antagonists.

When I enter a community, I instinctively choose sides. I don’t know why I’ve chosen the side of Mark. Maybe he represents the young Turk side of the debate. Maybe Dave’s ego is just that much bigger. But there it is.