Sunday, October 16, 2005

Blogs & News

Gordon Smith at Conglomerate Blog notes a new development from Yahoo! News:

Yahoo recently added blog results in a sidebar on its News Search, and when you click on 'all blog results,' Flickr photos appears in the sidebar of the new page. Generally speaking, the response has been underwhelming, but this looks to me like another important step in the validation of blogs as legitimate sources of information and commentary. [Emphasis added.]

I know, we all feel overwhelmed by sources of information, and the thought of a new medium to start reading evokes dread, but it's time to say it: all law librarians need to start reading blogs, especially the law blogs, or "blawgs." Some of the law blogs, many written by law professors and practicing lawyers, are without a doubt the best sources for knowledgeable commentary and analysis about important legal issues like the Harriet Miers nomination, the Judith Miller/Karl Rove/Valerie Plame investigation, and more.

Here are some of the essential blawgs, covering a wide range of political and ideological viewpoints: Althouse,, Balkinization, Conglomerate, How Appealing, JURIST Paper Chase, Lawyers, Guns and Money, Leiter Reports, Majikthise, PrawfsBlawg, Underneath Their Robes, and The Volokh Conspiracy.

Coming soon: essential podcasts.

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