Media commentator and author, Douglas Rushkoff, left some interesting comments on a recent BoingBoing post in a discussion about the role of blogs; the relationship between the readers and authors; and the impact of turning a hobby into a business:

The whole thing really boils down to money, doesn't it? That's the part that's interesting to me.

I had a debate a couple of years ago with Jeff Jarvis, where I argued that accepting ads on a site changes the character of the site – even if the writer(s) of the site haven't changed in their intentions. The context is just different.

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