Finally, I have remembered why the idea of …

Finally, I have remembered why the idea of blogchains sounded so familiar to me. Once upon a time in the mid-1990s, HotWired (and then Wired, I guess) had a feature called Brain Tennis, in which “[e]very two weeks we serve a controversial topic to two opposing experts and let them battle it out”. (There’s some crazy stuff in the archives.) Around a decade later, or a little less, I planned to resurrect steal the idea for a thing I was going to do on Portland Communique called “Blog Tennis”, in which over the course of a week or two opposing political candidates would debate through alternating blog posts. (Thanks to Toxic for reminding me of the right damned name for the original HotWired thing.) I’d thought the idea of uninterrupted answers combined with the ability for candidates to hyperlink sources and resources was a great, new idea. It never happened because I couldn’t convince the candidates (this was during the Sam Adams/Nick Fish race, I think) that it was worth the necessary commitment of time and effort.