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Gordon R. Meyer
The web has changed writing forever
Philip Greenspun, writing How the Web and the Weblog Have Changed Writing argues that prior to the WWW medium-length material had relatively little chance of being published. In the years from Gutenberg to about 1990, articles had to either be short enough to fit in a few magazine pages, or long enough to justify a book. Material that was in between, or too short for even magazines, was essentially uncirculated.
The advent of the weblog, additionally, has provided a medium where brief, yet relevant and audience-specific information can be effectively published and consumed. Q.E.D.