Finally tracked down Richard Lloyd Parry from The Times last night. We drank Guinness, we had a disappointingly bland meal (sorry about that, Richard) and talked politics and culture clash and Radiohead and blogs. On the latter, he made two points.
First, that if William Blake were alive today, he would be the world's greatest blogger. The combination of visual and literary imagination, technical savvy, burning desire to communicate, passionate beliefs and, not to put too fine a point on it, madness, would make for some pretty compulsive content.
Richard also said that pretty soon, blogs are going to look as quaint as 17th-century political pamphlets. What's important about them is that they're a stepping-stone, taking us from one mode of communication (dead trees) to another. What's wonderful is that no-one - not Tim Berners-Lee, not Bill Gates, not even Richard's boss Rupert Murdoch - has the faintest idea what that 'another' is going to be.