Jesurgislac’s Journal

May 1, 2008

Using Up My Five Minutes of Blogging Time To Complain About Other Blogs

Once upon a time, the reason for reading American political blogs was that they were substantially different from American mainstream media.

This has not been true of many right-wing blogs for some time, which more and more simply seemed to chorus together whatever party line was coming out of the White House.

But it was still true of many blogs, some on the right, many on the left, lots which were neither typed as “right” or “left.

Sadly, it no longer seems to be the case. What the mainstream media is paying attention to is apparently what is deemed to be important, so what <I>is</I> the point of reading blogs rather than reading mainstream media?

This primary would have been a great opportunity to examine the real differences between Clinton and Obama: substantive reasons, rather than trivial ones, why someone might decide they preferred one over the other.

Instead, as one would expect, the mainstream media and the Republican campaigners had a long, happy time circulating nasty nonsense about either or both, and as I certainly didn’t expect, the left-wing blogosphere happily took up the lead the mainstream media and the Republican campaigners had given them and ran with it.

For large chunks of time, I won’t be able to be online in May. Once upon a time, political blogs would have been an excellent way to pick up in summary the recent and most important news. Now? Might as well switch on CNN 24.


  1. I makes me sad too. But at least it might help with the internet-withdrawel symptoms…

    Comment by dutchmarbel — May 1, 2008 @ 12:27 pm | Reply

  2. Yeah.

    I am going to have access to the Internet some of the time, but as of the end of this week, it’s not really sensible to spend that time blogging. Or at least not reading blogs – I’m hoping to blog a bit about Germany here, and sometimes the best way to do that is right away.

    Internet withdrawal! *scrabbles for the screen*

    Comment by jesurgislac — May 1, 2008 @ 1:02 pm | Reply

  3. No wifi hotel and laptop? No internet café near? No friends in the neighbourhood? In that case I hope that you’ll at least be in an interesting environment with easy beer access 😉

    Comment by dutchmarbel — May 1, 2008 @ 2:03 pm | Reply

  4. CNN is so anti Clinton, and pro-Obama, that it hurts to watch. I don’t think most people watching separate their propaganda against Clinton from non biased thoughts. It is impressive that she is still neck and neck with the media’s favored one. Ironically, FOX news has become more fair at presenting the two candidates, which I’ve heard other people mention too.

    Comment by Drew — May 7, 2008 @ 12:51 pm | Reply

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