Sunday, April 06, 2008

The crushing pressure of blogging 

The New York Times has an amusing article about the "pressures" of blogging, especially for pay. Apparently you have to work hard, because the news never stops and the internets are always there. Indeed, there may even be danger.

Michelle Malkin's guest-blogger See-Dubya observes that the article was blatant "traffic bait," insofar as every blogger in the world will now do as we both have done: link back. SD raises a good question -- will the mainstream media, increasingly promoting web traffic in their economic model, make editorial decisions to harvest blog readers?

See-Dubya also points out that blogging can be therapeutic, especially if you are a "red-state person living in a blue, blue state," a condition with which I am very familiar. That is true, actually. I used to respond with conversation-disrupting combativeness when lefties would bait engage me on some topic of small importance (although I have a fairly long fuse and would usually endure a large amount of moonbattery before I would open my own silos). In the last few years, though, I am much more peaceful at left-wing cocktail parties, because I know, deep down, that I have a much bigger megaphone than the Bush-hating brie-eaters around me.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Apr 06, 10:56:00 AM:

trying to reason/argue with a leftist is like trying to put out a fire with oxygen. it amazes and frustrates me that right thinking peole don't take more seriously the physical threat the left presents, and be more pro-active in depriving them of resources. the left was allowed to have the media, the education system, and the bueracracy, without anyone on the right saying peep. cocktail party arguments are not going to win this cultural war. i don't presume to have answers, but i sense that ialike minded persons to transcend party labels and work out solutions theat neutralize the radical elements on both sides.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Apr 06, 12:25:00 PM:


Anything easy to become has inherent limitations on its worth.

In evolutionary biology we refer to difficult to acquire characterists as high value/veracity indicators.

If despite the media and the education system telling you that you're wrong, you still persist in your beliefs, you almost certainly really mean it.

Take a liberal out for a beer, run them through the planks of your politics, and you'll be amazed at how many times they agree with you. In private.

If there truely was a socially liberal & fiscally conversative government, it would win hands down every time. Or if Libertarians could work PR better.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Apr 06, 01:25:00 PM:

somehow a portion of my original post was scrambled/lost (not because of my bad typing, of course :) what i sense will solve the current political blockage is social networking software.

anonymous: they may agree with individual points but you will never change their overall political orientation and goals. by definition, leftists are irrational -- beyond reason. they are far more dangerous and damaging than people here realize.  

By Blogger joated, at Sun Apr 06, 04:33:00 PM:

You don't think the Times is pushing this in an attempt to discourage people from blogging, do you? After all, they and other MSM outlets have been embarassed by blogs pointing out how they have embellished the truth or misspoken and thier market share, as well as their market value, has taken a hit.  

By Blogger antithaca, at Sun Apr 06, 08:05:00 PM:

"blogging can be therapeutic, especially if you are a "red-state person living in a blue, blue state,"

Spot on.  

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