A debate rages:
The New York Review of Books suggests Emerson:
“To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men—that is genius.” In this respect the bloggers of our age have more Emersonian genius in them than our analytic philosophers, for good or ill.
The Los Angeles Times nominates Twain:
Having created a quintessentially American brand of humor and style of literature, Mark Twain (1835-1910) can now add to his myriad accomplishments the title of America's first blogger. No matter that the "Autobiography of Mark Twain," edited by a team led by Harriet Elinor Smith, weighs in at more than 5,000 pages.
And Andrew Sullivan picks Montaigne:
Once upon a time to be a blogger was to be declasse. Now it's to be ahead of your time.