WHEN I HANDED over my Irish census form, I wondered if five years from now the broadband question will be replaced by a blog question. "Do you have a blog?" Sabeer Bhatia, the inventor of Hotmail, says, "Just as everybody has an e-mail account today, everybody will have a blog in five years." He's put his finger on something that is true about talkative Ireland. In talkative Ireland, everybody has a right to have an opinion expressed to Joe Duffy. In the Bebo Republic of Ireland, people have an uncontrollable urge to connect and converse with others. This is such a basic urge that many consider it to be a basic right. If this is true, then RTE journalism needs to be as much about feedback as it is about presentation. Census takers in five years' time might be asking through which URL we take our news because many analysts believe once more than half of the population is served by broadband, people will start moving from broadcast information to broadband information. Making the move gives you access to a place where you enjoy the conversational side of the news. If you're reading this online, you're there already.