h/t to Boise Lib, and yes, I know it is not a pic of the Abyss. If you have one, please fwd it!
Here we are!
Scrabbling to find our way in a blogosphere that is angry at everything and everybody and willing to take that anger out on anybody who looks at us crosseyed. A motley conglomerate of societal critics, is the blogsphere. Who as scribe points out, are more than willing to turn our sights on each other when we feel powerless in our societal criticisms.
Which, given the incredibly rapid passage of blogtime in relation to the incredibly stolid passage of Congressional time or societal-change time is….most of the time.
I am angry too. (If you want we can fight bout who is angriest!)
We all have to express ourselves in our own way, and we can all find something ELSE to be angry about in the way we are regulated in that expression. Regulated either by rules at blogs or by the rough and tumble and sometimes vicious criticism of blogs with no rules….where the meeker members of the blogosphere dare not tread. The atmosphere itself keeps people away as effectively as banning…perhaps more so.
We can never achieve Blogtopia….because none of us societal critics will ever agree on what a Blogtopia looks like. Having no rules eliminates one class of poster, the class that does not wish to be roughed up every time they post. Too many (any) rules eliminates another class of poster, those who cannot abide restriction.
Which approach is best?
All of them.
By having multiple choices of where to blog we can all find the place we each fit in the best. One personal preference is not superior to another.
MOST of the people we are talking about…. bloggers…. read all the different blogs anyway. If something is said on Dkos, people at pff know it because they read there. If something is said on pff most of the people on Docudharma know about it because they read there. If something is said on Docudharma, the hardcore bloggers who care about this stuff at Daily Kos will know about because they read here. By having the freedom to express ourselves at a blog that suits our comfort level….and by nearly everyone reading all the same blogs in our little corner of the blogoverse….EVERYONE gets heard.
There are of course two types of blog READERS, the casual and the hardcore. Casual readers don’t care much, don’t have solid allegiance to one blog or another and will blog where ever they are comfy.
Hardcore readers care deeply about the blogosphere and have definite opinions of why, how and what the blogsphere should be. These deeply felt convictions translate into anger and acting on that anger when something goes against their convictions.
All of us feeling angry and powerless at the slow moving change in the real world….and knowing they can have an effect in the blogworld, even if that effect is just to piss someone off, fuels a lot of the fires.
Just as we pressure the Dems rather than the Repubs because we feel we can have more effect, we also criticize each other because we feel we can have more effect there. Then one angry poster is effecting another angry poster and everyone gets angrier about people being angry. Or not being angry enough.
An eye for an eye makes a circular firing squad.
I know this is hypocrisy, I am as guilty as anyone, I just flamed GOTV and Miss Laura for instance. I am just as guilty as anyone. I don’t have any answers. I try to change and often fall short.
But as long as we continue to attack each other, we weaken all of us. It is the age old story of The Left. We all know it, yet we all seem powerless to change it. The Right knows it too, and fosters it, and takes advantage of it. Just look at the silly ass Move-on resolution.
During all this discussion it has been pointed out that all we can do is change ourselves. And just like changing politics and society, that takes time and hard work.
I wish I had a slam bang finish and a cure-all solution to end on…..but all I have is this.
I’m tryin’, Ringo.
And our only real hope is that we are all ….trying.
All I can say,is, when we look at the promise and potential that is contained in the internet and the many ways it can help with activism, organizing, educating and changing public opinion….it is obviously worth the effort.
I have always said we in the blogosphere are on the leading edge of change…and as pfiore8 said…. Maybe this is the first peace we need to achieve. If we can all find a way to work together, we can be a powerful force for change.