"I come from an older and different culture from this blogosphere. As an academic, writer, sometime journalist and broadcaster, I am used to a world in which, when something is said in a lecture, column, book, article or broadcast, it sets the terms for the ensuing discussion. Students take notes, readers, listeners and critics think carefully about what is on offer, and then respond to it. In the blogosphere, things are different. Here an initiating statement is a catalyst, not a set text. The discourse is freewheeling, associative, often solipsistic, and the fact that it is largely pseudonymous makes for a certain (if slightly spurious) freedom and equality."
- Rick Gekoski, chairman of judges for the Man Booker Prize, writing for SMH.