They’re hip. Influential. Out there. By one estimate, there are 2 million of them posted on the Internet around the world talking about everything from knitting patterns to the war in Iraq. But as blogs – or personal weblogs – move into the limelight, they’re also coming under closer scrutiny. And the conclusions are in some ways sobering.

A pretty interesting article in the Christian Science Monitor that discusses the “vision” of Dave Winer, the bloggers as journalists discussion, and includes a shout out for Blogger Con II. (By the way, how is Dave gonna fit 400 people into a room that holds 100???)