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Friday, March 25, 2005

More blogging, please

Interesting recent gabfest at the Brookings Institution about blogging, its relationship with the traditional media and what the future may hold. Put aside the generally conservative voices here (we are, after all, at the Brookings Institution) and discover a fairly thorough investigation about the fear that currently rests in the so-called "old media" towards the blogosphere as well as the idea that blogging can increase mainstream accountability and verification of facts.

Partisan blogging hacks may frequently receive media attention but I believe these people represent only a small fraction of the blogging community. Besides, bloggers are now mushrooming around the world, and thankfully care little about Republicans increasingly intimate line-dancing with the Christian Right.


Blogger Glenn Condell said...

The level of studied indifference to blogging that you find in the mainstream is as good an index as any to their growing fear of it. How many of us now could swallow only the mainstream take on news, knowing that those who are content to do so can easily be led into disastrous and immoral wars, among other things. The sense that the main media are more an enabling adjunct than an independent check on power grows and blogging is there to soak up the loss.

Just so long as there is no limiting it's democratising potential with legislation and technical regulation. The other thing to watch is the blog-equivalent of the Republican cash for comment strategy, where the net is flooded with plausible sounding talking point purveyors giving the impression progressive views are in the minority.

This has already begun, with some unintentionally hilarious pro-regime titbits being picked up and devoured by commenters. I'm thinking chiefly of Tim Dunlop's site, where Nabokov, who has a nose for them, has sniffed a few out.

Saturday, March 26, 2005 1:21:00 pm  
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Saturday, March 26, 2005 5:52:00 pm  
Blogger Glenn Condell said...

Hi Gorilla

while I've got you and Anthony - both of you are using the same blog-template as me - can you shed any light on why my blogroll veers wildly to the right as it goes down the page? I'm new to all this.

Saturday, March 26, 2005 6:50:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Thanks for your thoughts, Gorilla. I'd be interested in hearing more about your time at Brookings. Your blog touches on, as Edward Said used to say, the latest taboo in America, that is, the US relationship with Israel.

Glenn, right hand side issues. Try justifying your text. This should help. By the way, last time I checked, your blog page was empty. Yes?

Sunday, March 27, 2005 4:13:00 pm  
Blogger Glenn Condell said...

Yeah, I just want to get stuff like the blogroll etc done first - because I'm not the sort to muck around with it after that. My wife banned me from the machine for a few days, but I'll put something up soon. It's not going to be a up-to-the-minute blog (I'm too busy) ... I want to use it as a sort of personal diary which I only post to when I have something to say from a different angle.

Famous last words - I'll probably set records for verbosity.

Monday, March 28, 2005 11:22:00 am  

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