Ever dreamed about blogging for living? Earlier this week The Road to Surfdom‘s Tim Dunlop made the move to news.com.au. Tim is now firmly established at Blogocracy one of News’ growing stable of blogs.
The opportunity didn’t just fall into his lap. Tim’s PhD thesis was on deliberative democracy and the role of intellectuals. He’s a blogger with a theory and a mission. In an article posted at the Evatt Foundation’s site, Tim suggested that blogs could become:
…the home of a new type of public intellectual, a type that breaks down the usual images of the detached wise person or topical expert explaining things to an uninformed public, and that blogging brings public debate back within coo-ee of those to whom it should belong anyway, the ordinary citizens. Blogging, potentially on a large scale, puts the public in public intellectual.
Tim’s blogging career started with Margo Kingston’s Web Diary at the Sydney Morning Herald’s site. Originally Web Diary was supposed to be place for Margo to write short entries and readers to post comments. But by early 2001 Margo and her readers were swapping places. Tim emailed Margo a 6,700 word comment on the deregulation of the dairy industry and Margo posted it. Web Diary was becoming something new — a kind of group blog.