The slow blogger takes it easy

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Earlier, Blade commended the rapidity with which Twitter covered the terrorist attacks in Mumbai. And, like many of those who work in the Web 2.0 space, Blade has been known to make a virtue of speed for speed’s sake, almost as if the need for speed were not a hackneyed line from a Tom Cruise film but a prerequisite of the human condition.

Speed is good, but so, too, is a steady hand.  Each will have its apposite moment; only good judgement can say when. It has taken Blade a few hours to ponder this (if not to write these words), for he is mindful of the phenomenon of slow blogging. Its credo? “A rejection of immediacy … an affirmation that not all things worth reading are written quickly.”

So says Todd Sieling, a Canadian technology consultant and evidently one of the emerging movement’s high priests. No doubt he would enjoy Harry Eyres’ Slow Lane column in the Weekend FT; so, too, can he be expected to agree with the Slow Food fraternity. Sieling probably knows that the Italians, who pioneered Slow Food, have also brought us the ideology of Slow Cities.

Speaking for himself, Blade has no idea who is responsible for the idea of Slow Sex, referred to by the Guardian, but he can say that a Google search of the term takes him into another world (or rather, series of worlds) with astonishing rapidity. Whether this is a good thing, or not, will perhaps be the subject of a subsequent post, but until then, enjoy your weekend, be it slow, fast or a happy medium.

Pictured: a contented snail moments before he met members of the Slow Food Party (France).

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