One last valiant attempt to explain to the CiF massive what blogging is/could be/should be. Although I suspect I'll get points deducted by Patroclus for using an MSM analogy towards the end.
"The results of a new survey on the reading habits of 11- to 14-year-olds seem profoundly depressing. To be fair, any survey about teen habits is bound to provoke abject glumness in anyone over the age of about 23. The kids can't win: if they read vacuous celebrity magazines, they're idiots; if they subvert our expectations and read Dickens and Proust, that means they should get out more. And if they have exactly the same reading habits as I had at that age (Douglas Adams, Spike Milligan and Anti-Nazi League leaflets, as I remember), they're probably plain weird.
No surprises, then. They prefer Heat and Bliss to homework and the Financial Times. But the intriguing bit lies in the middle, where a collective thumbs-up (do teenagers still put their thumbs up?) goes to 'my own blog or fan fiction'."
And so on and so forth...