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Political bloggers are akin to terrorists???

Jim Elve runs BlogsCanada, which is like a blogdirectory of Canadian Blogs. That site also has a section on it called The E-Group, where people with a variety of multi-partisan viewpoints will post their political commentary like what other bloggers do. Jim was the one who helped me first get into blogging in 2004 – he took me on as a contributing writer (which I still am over there – tho not as active as I once was for obvious reasons).

He was interviewed yesterday by the Calgary Herald on the subject of a new book on blogging released by a University of Calgary professor, who among other things says this about bloggers:

Comparing bloggers to terrorists, Keren writes: “While the methods advocated by the two groups are obviously very different, they both represent a similar trend in the present world, one of diversion of respected but disenchanted citizens from the norms of civil society to a fantasy world in which the excessive use of words – or bombs – would make everybody listen.”

As Jim said, this guy apparently feels we bloggers live outside the norms of civilized society.

Keren states that political bloggers are lonely, isolated, melancholy, socially withdrawn, powerless self-deluders who are comparable, at least on some level, to terrorists. Is he talking about bloggers or Robert Pickton?

I wont spoil Jim’s entire response to it – I’ll let you read his retort at BlogsCanada, but needless to say, I can hardly agree with this broad characterization of bloggers that this professor writes about us as all having.

12 comments to Political bloggers are akin to terrorists???

  • MJT

    Scott,

    You have nothing to worry about from me. I can’t speak for others, of course. :em21:

  • [quote comment=”1222″]Scott,

    I agree with your analysis, as well as Jim Elve’s post. This is a very poor description of the blogging community. In fact, it leads one to question the professor’s understanding of weblogs as well as the impact some bloggers have had on the MSM.[/quote]

    Hello Mike:

    I’m pleased to see you agree, and I presume that means you wont be recommending to anyone anytime soon that we should all be put on the new Canadian no-fly list coming out soon. :em01:

    (inside joke about the recommendations to anyone else who is wondering what I’m talking about) πŸ™‚

  • MJT

    Scott,

    I agree with your analysis, as well as Jim Elve’s post. This is a very poor description of the blogging community. In fact, it leads one to question the professor’s understanding of weblogs as well as the impact some bloggers have had on the MSM.

    To be fair, there are a few bloggers who probably fit this description if you very, very loosely use the professor’s bomb analogy. For example, some bloggers regularly “launch” missives in their posts with the aim to “bomb” the messages/comments/identities of other bloggers.

    But this is really pushing the boundaries. And the link to terrorists is farcical and not even worthy of comment.

    Ah, you gotta love academic freedom! : )

  • Thanks for the clean up … and making me look less of a klutz! And for the explanation as well. Till “Preview” can be implemented, I’ll just be more careful.

  • Furgaia:

    I edited that 1 entry so it appears correctly now… and I deleted the subsequent clarification.

    I DID attempt to put a preview feature in here for users… with a 15 minute window where they could edit their own comments if they saw errors, but I found a straight install of it would render the quote plugin inactive .. or maybe it was the emoticons .. and I wasnt losing those :em20:

    The preview plug-in is still in my system files actually, but it will remain inactive until I or my administrators can figure out how to use it without screwing up the other active plugins on here.

  • Maybe I’m reading too much into this but over the weekend, US presidential candidate Edwards “rushed” (my interpretation – that’s what I would like to have happened) to hire blogger Amanda Marcotte … after he had had a beating on Kos.

    For fun (and to bask a little in “Blogger Power”), I compiled this timeline of sorts:

    Jan 30:
    Edwards Hires Pandagon Blogger

    Jan 30:
    The Common Thread of Edwards on Iraq

    Jan 29:
    John Edwards and the Southern Baptist Convention

    Jan 28:
    Until Today, I Liked Edwards

    Jan 24:
    Edwards in Israel: McCain, mon semblable!

    plus quite a few other blogs related to his participation at Israel’s Herzliya Conference and his beating the drums of war re. Iran there.

    —-

    P.S. Scott, is it very difficult to provide a “Preview” in the comment section? It is quite unnerving to write something and just press the submit button. Just asking. No sweat if it’s too complicated. I’ll get used to it. Thanks!

  • The book was a total waste of time and money. He barely touches upon political blogging and he certainly ignored the Canadian political blogosphere.

    I wrote a brief review of the book back in December, and I wasn’t impressed at all.

  • Ughh, need to amend that to he not she…but I still think he hasn’t read those blogs or actually spoken to anyone in Iran. It looks like he skimmed them and just started writing.

  • Is this a joke? Has she even read any international blogs, like the ones where dissidents can practice free speech in defiance of their own repressive governments? I’d like to see her try and call some of those brave souls terrorists!

  • Lol, I study at the University of Calgary, I have never heard of this professor.

    What does she teach? I doubt it’s political science.

  • Once again further proof from the Right that they want the general public to be ‘dumb’ and to stay ‘dumb’ – why else would he have said, “… diversion of respected but disenchanted citizens from the norms of civil society to a fantasy world in which the excessive use of words – or bombs – would make everybody listen.”

    How else can the Right advance nonsense like Iraqi WMD (or) Creationism if the public becomes informed and knowledgable.

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