Sunday, May 23, 2010

Internet Lynch Mob

Bloggers of the World Unite.  You have nothing to lose but your chains.

Tom Friedman of the New York Times, speaking on Meet the Press (May 23, 2010), blamed Cable TV and "internet lynch mobs" for Utah Senator Bob Bennett's defeat at the state Republican convention.

Oh for the good old days when Tom Friedman and other prominent newspaper and magazine writers could dominate the news cycle with their political opnions.  Democratization of political opinion, especially in opposition to their views, is not a welcome addition to the discussion of ideas that may influence public opinion and delegates.  (Although the technology of the internet was widely praised by these sxame writers when  it enabled Barack Obama to defeat the Clinton machine and old Democrat party establishment.)

1 comment :

Robbie said...

Interesting, I missed that article. Thanks for posting about it.

I spoke with a man who worked part of the Obama campaign about how much help Obama got thanks to their more present-day use of things like social networks. he said that, while useful, the strength and influence of the social network system was over-hyped by the media.

Bloggers unite! There is power in numbers, and in words, even through the silence of a computer screen.

-Robbie