What makes the Web so exciting these days is participation.
For a while, I've wanted to write about why I blog. When it comes down to it, blogging (and participating in the ongoing conversation that is the blogosphere) is the closest thing I've found to the days when I was back at Stanford, studying the greatest works of history, philosophy, and literature in SLE.
When I started working, I stopped thinking about small things and spent most of my time thinking about business and money.
I wasn't exercising my thinking muscles.
The blogosphere exercises those long unused muscles.
And the heart of SLE (and HBS for that matter) isn't simply reading and passively taking in information--it's participating and making your own meaning.
That's what stories like this one in BusinessWeek illustrate.
Who needs salons when you have the entire Web?