Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Undermining Democracy, One Cat Picture At a Time

Blogs are undemocratic?

"New Yorker writer George Packer argues that by blurring the line between journalism and pure rant, blogs may not be the best thing for democracy."

Someone explain to me how a truly free press, in which the citizens can have their say, is somehow undemocratic? Just because I'm not making money (the horror! Are you some kinda socialist?) or sucking the president's dick doesn't mean I'm undermining democracy.

It seems the traditional media types are a little scared of us regular folks, since people like Atrios, Kos and Hesiod are doing journalists jobs while the "real" journalists are sipping martinis and reading whatever the White House Hands them. I tell you what, Mr. Packer, if you started doing your fucking job then maybe we bloggers wouldn't have to pick up the slack, defending democracy from the War profiteers and Oligarchs wagging their cash under your nose.

2 Comments:

Blogger upyernoz said...

packer's argument simply makes no sense. blogging is as democratic as the free speech corner in hyde park. i think it's odd that he's even trying to argue this point

5/11/2004 2:17 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Exactly! Blogs allow a million Tom Paines to share their voice.

5/11/2004 2:27 PM  

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