Scanning the BBC News web headlines at lunch, I came across a column called the Weblog Watch. This seems to be a rather popular item in the mainstream media lately – Time Magazine has the Blogwatch – and since I’m interested in mass media representation of bloggers, I thought I’d check it out. Turns out that according to this British journalist,
since the presidential campaign, "blogs" is sometimes
used as a shorthand for the right-wing community that wreaked havoc on
He goes on to concede that " It’s a neat story: the mainstream media is "liberal" and
the independent bloggers are "conservative", but these flimsy labels
peel off easily." Yeah, it’s a neat story all right – first-class fiction. I’ve written before how blogs tend to get boiled down to either being vehicles for independent political commentary, or online journals (that are full of useless crap, is the usual insinuation), so the angle that the reporter is using isn’t totally off-base in that regard. But wow – blogs = right wing? That’s news to me!