One of the strengths of the blogging movement is bloggers' habit of citing and even copying posts from other blogs, virally disseminating and strengthening stories that command attention. Called "reBlogging," it's practiced by many, if not all bloggers (including yours truly). What's called plagiarism in the mainstream media is not only approved of but encouraged by bloggers (including yours truly). ReBlogging is what sets blogs apart from other media... and what gives the blogosphere its unique and growing power.
Tom Moody, an accomplished reBlogger formerly of Eyebeam
, has posted his philosophies on reBlogging
on his personal blog. While I don't agree wholeheartedly with all his points, he does a very good job explaining what reBlogging is all about, and why it's important. If you're not familiar with reBlogging, reading this post -- along with the comments
it's collected -- is an excellent starting point.