Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Are blogs Talk Radio for the Left?

I'll add some commentary on this later. I am just putting it up for discussion now.

Can Blogs Revolutionize Progressive Politics?

We have no interest in being anti-establishment,” says Matt Stoller, a blogger at the popular Web site “We’re going to be the establishment.”

That kind of flamboyant confidence has become the hallmark of blog evangelists who believe that blogs promise nothing less than a populist revolution in American politics. In 2006, at least some of that rhetoric is becoming reality. Blogs may not have replaced the Democratic Party establishment, but they are certainly becoming an integral part of it. In the wake of John Kerry’s defeat in the 2004 presidential elections, many within the Democratic leadership have embraced blog advocates’ plan for political success, which can be summed up in one word: netroots.

This all-encompassing term loosely describes an online grassroots constituency that can be targeted through Internet technologies, including e-mail, message boards, RSS feeds and, of course, blogs, which serve as organizing hubs. In turn, these blogs employ a range of features —discussion boards, Internet donations, live e-chat, social networking tools like MeetUp, online voting—that allow ordinary citizens to participate in politics, be it supporting a candidate or organizing around a policy issue. Compared to traditional media, blogs are faster, cheaper, and most importantly, interactive, enabling a level of voter involvement impossible with television or newspapers.

In these times


Blogger indygirl said...

We are the world. We are the children.

February 15, 2006  
Blogger cinnamon said...

I don't know about "left" but I think that the average age of bloggers is fairly young. Now does that mean that the demographic that blogs also swings "left" by age defult? Or by common interest?

February 15, 2006  
Blogger torporific said...

I originally thought that, but there are plenty of right wing blogs out there as well. I know Drudge is not a blog, but he affects the news and the way it is reported in a very netroots manner.

Also, I don't know if that is the perfect analogy because in the 90s when talk radio made a huge difference, there was no left wing radio. Of course, blogs like kos, talking points, etc are out there, but do they really change people's minds or are they preaching to the converted?

February 15, 2006  
Blogger Doug said...

One bit of data to consider is that the larger right-wing blogs tend not to allow comments. The have more of a top-down communication approach.

February 15, 2006  
Blogger torporific said...

Like Jim Shella's blog?

Just kidding, but that's a good point.

February 15, 2006  

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