Conaway Haskins III is a Virginia political writer. Based in Chesterfield County, he has gained some notoriety for commentary on his blog, South of the James. Now Haskins has floated out some notions about creating a new blogging consortium with a purpose. He has written about this concept in a recently published Bacon’s Rebellion piece, “The Day After Tomorrow.”
In my view Conaway’s idea is well worth discussing. Accordingly, I am beginning a series of posts that will represent what occurs to me on this topic, in a general sense, rather than write a single piece to gather all my thoughts. And, I invite others to join in by commenting here, or posting on their own blogs. Where better to hash this out?
OK, here’s my first installment of "What about the political blogosphere?"
More importantly, it is being studied, feverously, as you read these words.
If there’s one thing the vast majority of the political blogs have in common, whether they lean left or to the right, it is a glaring self-awareness. Although too many bloggers use their keyboards to castigate the mainstream media relentlessly, they yearn for recognition from newspapers, television stations, etc., in a way that sometimes hurts to watch.
Professional or amateur political bloggers who shower the traditional media with angry hot lava one day, go off like happy little geysers the very next day, if their blogs are mentioned in an article published any-flapdoodling-where outside the bubbling blogosphere.
Idealistic bloggers sometimes imagine themselves to be akin to Revolutionary War-era pamphleteers. While there is some substance to that claim, the most active players in the political blogosphere are probably more like tagging graffiti artists.
George Allen’s dubious Internet stardom, via YouTube, was like a new form of graffiti in motion. Its power to doom his run for reelection was unprecedented. The political camps and the mainstream media are stewing over the implication of that phenomenon as you read these words.
That’s it for now. More on this topic will appear -- coming soon -- in the next installment of, “What about the political blogosphere?”