Monday, December 12, 2005

The Hedgehog, the Fox, and the Blog

Isaiah Berlin, in an essay 0n Tolstoy, categorized human beings as either hedgehogs or foxes. There's a good summary on Kheper.net but, basically, the distinction is between those who pursue a single, grand vision (the "hedgehog") as opposed to many divergent ends (the "fox").
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One assertion, made in the Kheper.net summary, is that it is hedgehogs who have made the biggest impact on the world. Maybe so, when it comes to individuals, but what about when it comes to blogs? Are the "best" blogs those that have a clear and consistently expounded theme or idea, or are they the ones that jump from topic to topic, focusing on whatever is most interesting?

I don't yet know how Farr Ago News will ultimately unfold, but I'd be happy to hear your thoughts about foxes and hedgehogs.

Update: If you're curious, there's a hedgehog-fox test on the admissions website for Hobart and William Smoth Colleges (New York).

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey TIM, what's happenin? i just took the fox/hedgehog test and got a 9, meaning i'm more foxy than hedgehoggy. but the test kinda blows because it just gives you a brute score--it doesn't even tell you what it's out of. anyway, thanks for the link. i love your blog.

sincerely,
TOM

Fri Dec 16, 07:08:00 PM EST  
Blogger Tim Kanwar said...

Did the test results surprise you? I agree that the test is disappointing.

And it's biased. I think it's main function is to convince you that, fox or hedgehog, you belong at THE Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Nice comment on the blog, glad you're enjoying it.

-Tim

Fri Dec 16, 07:53:00 PM EST  

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