When I first decided to start a blog in the summer of 2007–mostly as a tactic to avoid calling the dozen friends and family-members who wanted regular updates on my life at college–I wanted a title that explained what I think the purpose of a blog is. To me, every post is a small, detailed investigation into a larger issue. My categories at the time (Human Rights, Carnegie Mellon News, Arab Issues, Abortion) are all complex and too big for a single post. But after a while, if you read everything I’ve written about Fair Use you’ll get an idea of the topic’s curves and crannies.
This reminded me of the old story of the 3 blind men and the elephant.
Here is a less clinical description.
Feeling elephants = trying to understand a complex subject one post at a time!