The Politics of Blogger Prestige
As always, speaking for me only.
Back in the pre-Internet days of yore, political punditry was the best job in journalism and one of the best anywhere. You could spout off on anything you wanted, and almost nobody would call you on it, much less find a place to publish and prove you wrong. . . . The advent of the Internet--particularly the blogosphere--has changed all that. Now, not only are the things pundits say and write preserved for posterity; there are legions of folks who track pundit pronouncements, fact-check their statements and compare them with previous utterances on the same and similar topics. . . .
All true, and brilliantly stated. But I worry about the same type of process happening with the blogs. Most Left bloggers are indeed quite good. Some, like Digby and Glenn Greenwald, are consistently brilliant. But no one should be immune from questioning and disagreement. I hope we can avoid the logrolling nature that became, and still is, the MSM punditry.
I have always been someone who engages commenters. I like to think it is because I have always thought of myself as just one more commenter. Perhaps it is because I do not like to be disagreed with.
Whatever the reason, this cultivates a culture of give and take, challenge and response, that is healthy and bracing. Maybe I am worried about nothing, but I do hope we can engage each other, disagree with each other, point out deficiencies in each others' arguments. Otherwise, will we be acting out a miniversion of Animal Farm?
The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.
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