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February 21, 2006

Why Blog? Why Get Involved?

Tristero over at Hullabaloo has a wonderful couple of paragraphs in a post on why he blogs.  He's a world-class musician it turns out and it was his travels all over the world during the run up to the Iraq war that prompted him to blog.  He says,

What the present crisis teaches us, a crisis in which the country is being led by clowns posing as experts, is that the opinions of ordinary citizens are vital to the running of a major democratic power. It's not that expertise isn't essential. Of course it is. But political expertise in a democracy must always confront the full range of public opinion in a meaningful manner. Otherwise, there lie monsters.

Today, the public discourse is so clotted and constrained, so limited to the right and far right, that it really is imperative for those of us who object to the direction the country is going to speak out, strongly and often. Not because we all deserve a prominent media role but rather in the hopes that eventually the media will be forced to broaden its coverage of political opinion to acknowledge voices like ours. Voices expert and persuasive enough to articulate alternatives to Bushism. Heaven knows we need them, and fast.

Posted by Lynn Allen on February 21, 2006 at 11:23 AM in Media | Permalink

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Yep, that's what I think, too!

Posted by: Noemie Maxwell | Feb 21, 2006 5:29:55 PM

Amen.

Amen, amen amen.

So many have seen this blogging thing as something different and new, rather than an extention of what has always been around: getting involved, letting your voice be heard, listening to others and helping change happen.

What's great about the new technology that is being brought in is the distance that lost between the decision and the conversation.

Posted by: Emmett O'Connell | Feb 21, 2006 8:07:47 PM

It really is democracy by public conversation, conversation that anyone can participate in. It is fascinating to see how quickly this collective conversation and the actions that come out of it are taking hold and will, I think, make massive changes.

Posted by: Lynn | Feb 22, 2006 9:40:20 AM

I've been thinking about how conversations in blogs is different than how our local parties work. A little more participatory, a little more equal among ideas, more open. I'm thinking about writing something about how we can start brining our lessons from online to offline activities, such as the pre-caucus issue forums we've been having in the 43 LD and Thurston County.

Posted by: Emmett O'Connell | Feb 25, 2006 4:32:08 PM

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