January 12, 2005

Sullivan Doesn't Get Blogs

Quite an accusation, n'est ce pas? But reading the blog pioneer's post today on Howard Fineman's article is like the RaTHergate report: good facts, bad conclusion:

Are we now the establishment? Fineman says we are. His admission that the mainstream media have acted as a de facto political party for three decades strikes me as a big deal - the first crack of self-awareness in the MSM. But I truly hope the blogosphere doesn't become its replacement. Blogs are strongest when they are politically diverse, when they are committed to insurgency rather than power, when they belong to no party. I'm particularly worried that the blogosphere has become far more knee-jerk, shrill and partisan since the days when I first started blogging. Some of that's healthy and inevitable; but too much is damaging. In challenging the MSM, we should resist the temptation to become like them.

The Fineman article is important (post coming up on that!) it is a watershed moment.

But Sullivan misses the idea of the blogosphere. As individual blogs become more partisan and shrill, that does not mean the same happens to the blogosphere en masse.

And in the middle is an unfortunate pot-kettle-black moment. He is "particularly worried that the blogosphere has become far more knee-jerk, shrill and partisan since the days when I first started blogging." Funny, I am particularly worried that he has become far more knee-jerk, shrill and partisan since the days when he first started blogging.

Posted by jk at January 12, 2005 09:42 AM
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