Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Politicians Vs. People/Bloggers/Constituents

Marcus from DailyKoS touches on a topic that's been on my mind lately in this segment on Crooks And Liars. In the MSM, I'm increasingly hearing the message that bloggers are somehow polluting the political process and moving it to the left. Bloggers have become the new scapegoat for failures in the MSM and in politics. We're being blamed for server crashes and getting bad information out to people.

And I'm beginning to see why they are beginning to fear bloggers.

People still ask me if I'm aware that I can't believe everything I read on the internet. But it's not as a strongly said as it once was. The self-policing force that the internet provides, is making it a more reliable news source than television and radio. And people are becoming aware of this, and so is the MSM. Worse, when the MSM publishes a false news story, it's blogged to death. They can't lie anymore, without their lies becoming an internet news story.

I admit that when blogging first appeared, and people were extolling it's virtues, I had my doubts. I got into blogging late because I didn't actually believe in it's potential. I've come around over time. And I've seen blogging on the rise even since I just the movement. And it is a force and it is making a difference. If the MSM and politicians fear it, it must be effective.

But when the established press and politicians demonize bloggers, who are they demonizing? Well theyr are demonizing quite simply, regular people. Politicians that blame bloggers on their failures are telling the world that they are blaming thier constituents. After all, it's regular people exchanging news that is becoming the problem for them. No longer is the MSM channeling specific information to produce desired political outcomes, but information is oozing out from everywhere.

Lieberman didn't get canned because bloggers were out to get him. Leiberman got canned because the regular people that once supported him, learned that he stabbed them in the back.

Blogging has become a way to fight ignorance in the political process. And ignorance is the incumbent's best friend. But when politician's declare war on bloggers, they need to be aware that they are fighting their constituents. And that's stupid.

3 Comments:

At 4:19 AM, Anonymous Mike said...

Good stuff, Weas. I think you hit the nail here.

Let's keep pissing them off, shall we?

 
At 7:07 AM, Blogger Alan P. said...

They can't tolerate the truth, plain and simple.

 
At 11:36 AM, Blogger Ellie said...

I should have guessed that you'd be a kos reader ;)

I think it honestly hasn't occured to them that bloggers are just people. I think they've bought into their own constructed hype that bloggers are these crazy leftist subversive nutjobs. After all, if you've never done blogging, you don't know how easy it is to set up (don't need much technical now it all) but also, what a high standerd it takes to get people to actually listen to you. Sites like Kos don't have the influance they have by just being some crazies ranting in the wilderness. They've put in their time and earned their cred. And if they start slacking, that credibility can just as easily be taken away. They're influencial because they're consistant with high quality content. They wouldn't have a dedicated readerbase that lasted for years on just angry ranting. But the talking heads and consultants aren't going to bother to actually look those things up, because the lie of the crazy nut-jobs is too seductive.

 

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