The idea that blogging promotes democracy has always struck me as bogus and Ted Rall’s rant – subtitled Bloggers and the New McCarthyism – is spot on. He rightly points out that political bloggers rarely have their own sources, but link to articles in traditional media, which they then rant and rave about. While Fox News had to go to go court to prove that lying is a US constitutional right, bloggers never have to worry about ‘truth’ (whatever that may be). In the UK the National Union of Journalists is worried enough by falling traditional media standards to support a Labour MP’s right to reply bill and I wonder if bloggers will ever be so mature. (Indeed, this typical blogger response to Rall would never make it in any other medium.)
And as if the internet wasn’t a paranoid enough place, UK bloggers determined to bring the Prime Minister to account for lying (a worthy enough cause), do so by spreading bogus conspiracy theories of great plots against them and then follow through with hysterical bullying of those who point to their lies. Oh dear. Should a blogger ever come across a real story, who’d trust them?
Blogging: a fad that’s peaked