Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Political Blogs

[US Politics/Blogging] The AJR has a good article on political blogs (via Dan Gillmor). The one negative aspect about political blogs and perhaps society as a whole is a trend towards extreme partisanship. Often we only read what we agree with. There is a place for this. It can help to reaffirm the validity of our opinions, give us a sense that there are others who feel the same way. Unfortunately, opposing sides often seek to demonize their opponents, portraying them in the most negative light possible. It is possible to disagree without being disagreeable. What about evaluating each issue on its merits instead of mouthing the party line? There is no doubt that political blogs and the internet as a whole is going to have an impact in November. One individual blog may not have an effect but the combined effect of hundreds of blogs will count. Not necessarily on the population as a whole, but as a tool for motivating and organizing the grassroots and swaying perhaps 1 or 2% of voters. That may be the margin between victory and defeat.