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Political Blogs

From the Syllabus

Monday, Oct. 9. Practice Day: Introduction to Video
  • Production Guest: Jason Crow, Cambridge Community Television
Tuesday, Oct. 10. Public Citizen Discourse: Political Blogs and Net Organizing
  • Guests: Professor John Palfrey, Berkman Center for Internet and Society; Dan Gilmore
  • Assignments: none
  • Readings: none

Interesting Reading on Blogging & Politics:

An Irish conference will examine the benefits of political blogging
The Rise of Blogs
Times profile of liberal bloggers on the campaign trail (need to register free w/ nytimes.com)

Some Political Blogs:

Leaning to the Left...

  1. Just to the Left
  2. Daily Kos
  3. Left2Right
  4. Wonkette

...and to the Right.

  1. A Little More to the Right
  2. The Daily Brief: A Military Blog
  3. The Volokh Conspiracy
  4. Ace of Spades HQ


Things to Consider

One of the great social commentators of our time, actor Jared Leto, recently said the following in a fit of petulance:

"I think that blogging should die a sudden death. It's just ridiculous. It's like a playground for four-year-olds. People say and do things in the world of blogs that they would never do in real life, and I think it's a false experience. You know, it's, like, eating too much candy. One of the things along those lines that bothers me about when people start citing blogs as news sources is that when people are writing on these blogs, they feel like they don't feel they need to do any research or back up their opinions with facts or anything, you know what I mean? Times have changed. It used to be, to be a writer you had to have experience and talent, and learn a craft. Now anybody with an opinion, which is anyone and everyone, feels that it's worthy. Technology is allowing people to have access to things where before it required very great skill. So there will be some interesting developments from that, and also some things that are pretty worthless. Pretty soon anybody with a cell phone is going to be able to be a news reporter. The blog is yesterday's parachute pants. It's here now but it's gone tomorrow."