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January 21, 2004

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Moe,

That's strange. Didn't you just say the other day you didn't like the term blogosphere?

Oh my God, have they gotten to you, too?

(cue ominous music, fade to black)

"Didn't you just say the other day you didn't like the term blogosphere?"

I did? Jordan must've been playing with the amnesia sprays again. Can't keep track of who's doing what to whom anymore: "I rule you / you rule me / someone rules the both of we / It's a vast Conspiracy / The Illuminati Polka" (Tom Smith)

Moe

PS: MattK/D1, whyinhell don't you have a blog?

PS: MattK/D1, whyinhell don't you have a blog?

1) Because by visiting other people's blogs, I can at least pretend I don't spend so much time doing this, or that really and truly, I will cut back, day after tomorrow.

2) So that I can pick and choose from a wealth of things to comment on, and thus hopefully minimize making a complete ass of myself.

3) Bad memories of the dangers of absolute power corrupting absolutely. :) *

*I have repented and dumped the Kool-Ade.

"1) Because by visiting other people's blogs, I can at least pretend I don't spend so much time doing this, or that really and truly, I will cut back, day after tomorrow."

Pallative, not cure.

"2) So that I can pick and choose from a wealth of things to comment on, and thus hopefully minimize making a complete ass of myself."

I used that excuse myself.

"3) Bad memories of the dangers of absolute power corrupting absolutely. :) *"

Well, if you don't actually want to, that's a different story. :)

If it's going to be a real sea change, and not just a useful organizing/fundraising tool that only gets you so far--it's going to have to start to replace the traditional media to some degree. Is such a thing possible? I don't know.

Some less partisan sites and some real reporting would help.

I'm not sure it has any function replacing the traditional media. Blogs with comments really serve two functions. . information dissemination and community maintenance. But information dissemination in the political sphere is mostly image control and scandal-breaking (If it was actually about providing information on candidates, the candiate policy position pages on their sites would get more hits than Drudge). Blogs can't add much to image control.

That leaves scandal-breaking and community maintenance. The blogosphere has had some notorious success with the former, but the latter is a better long-term focus.

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