I really don't want to get into the politics via this post — I have work to do and at this moment in the conversation, no one is going to change their mind — but this morning does mark the second time that Cord's post about the proposed Syrian capitulation has been reblogged.
I used to have a personal rule that I wouldn't comment with the same line of thinking or from the same angle on different blogs and one of the things I found frustrating about the way AJ's Gawker would turn out post-after-post about breaking news to take advantage of search engine placement was that it made me want to post similar comments to multiple posts.
Making this no longer an issue, I feel is a definite advantage to the concept of reblogging, but if you look at this current example, a lot of what could be said has been said, though maybe not using the same words and some of the posts have really devolved to the point that few would want to jump in now. Simply because some of the conversations have been there so long and some of the discussions have been somewhat heated, one could say that some of the threads and the overall conversation has started to erode.
Personally, I'd like to comment on Max's text or the current situation, while I'd also like to maintain and have featured what has been said in the past, but the comments to that post are pretty daunting and seem like a big mess. As I said in a reply to another post the other day, the only solution I've been able to come up with would be to algorithmically weight the comments to each reblog, so they are more likely to be featured on that particular iteration and have the comments to the other versions "devalued" by a few points.
Otherwise, if were to comment, I'd be talking to Cord when I may want to say something to Max and by having the comments to multiple paid bloggers in a big pile, it doesn't help make the distinction that the bloggers are not speaking on behalf of Gawker, rather for themselves.
This confusion is only going to get worse, when the unpaid bloggers get involved.