Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Blogger Power

As I wrote before, thinking about holding a pledge drive provided an opportunity to navel gaze about what blogs - and this blog - do and what role they currently play in our discourse. Without taking away from the activities other left wing media and interest groups, I think the lefty blogosphere has managed to create something which previously did not exist, a sustained and consistent liberal perspective on and critique of American politics and media.

It's weird imagining the history of the last few years without blogs. I'm not sure how different events would actually be, but it certainly would've been a lot more lonely. During the runup to the Iraq war, blogs and other internet news sources were practically the only places where most people could find people saying, basically, that this was bullshit, that Saddam was not a threat to the US, that Colin Powell's vial was filled with talcum powder, etc. The only Village-approved critique of the Iraq war was about how we went - with UN approval, with enough allies - not whether we went.

Anyway, it's been a long strange 6 or so years.

Help make the pie higher!