Political blogosphere beginning its implosion

Throw a bunch of monkeys in a barrel, and what do you have? Uh, too many cooks in the kitchen?

The political blogosphere was once touted as the cure for mainstream media bias and mainstream politics – a right-down-the-middle inoculation for the everyday citizen. Unfortunately, any idiot reading poli-blogs know good and well those weblogs are about as biased as it gets – encapsulated piles of high school cheerleaders. So, you grow loyal to one set of them, you get one side and make one side of every story (while moderating any intelligible commentary), and you wind up with a pile of ill-formed talking points in your quiver. Your brain has turned to mush because you’ve lost the capability to think for yourself – the tin-foil hat interference notwithstanding.

I once questioned whether the political blogosphere could be controlled, but an answer is already forming up quite nicely.

What are the ingredients for a full-blown meltdown?

Start with a bunch of organization and courting from the mainstream politicos. Add a right-wing blogger, turned MSM right-wing blogger, turned plagiarist. Throw in some more questionable dealings, including a possible stock pump-and-dump scam.

Now that you are cooking, just blind the real issues by generating a big pissing contest over the minute:

Create obscure issue (out of nothing);
Defend (nothing);
Call people liars (over nothing).

“Nothing” new, bold, or world-changing in politics here.

I’m waiting for the next round. And begging for the knockout blow, so the noise will cease and I can comfortably resume buying media stocks.


Whether death is imminent or not, some think it is inevitable.

No matter the timing – it is certainly good for a laugh, if only for the childlike behavior.


Karl Hallowell says:

My take is that the “political blogosphere” will continue to grind on without interruption. There are several reasons why. First, it’s a cheap and easy way for the consumer to hear only what they want to here. Closely related is that much of the audience appears to be very uncritical and gullible and probably will gloss over even the most blatant of imperfections in their role models.

Third, it costs little to get started so there are a lot of potential replacements. There will always be someone new who can quickly occupy a vacated niche. So I see a sort of life cycle where someone starts a blog, becomes popular through luck, skill, or strategy, and then cashes in on their credibility.

In summary, I see no reason that the implosion of the current crew of ideological blogs should impair the overall system. The dynamic that got this going in the first place will probably continue.

I see your point (particularly with respect to item three). I do wonder, however, if anyone will pick up the middle ground, or whether we would be doomed to a constant cycle of new faces spewing the same old material.

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