"What most surprised us is that the average blogger does his thing only once a week . . . and that half are adolescents. Neither of which facts dampens the prospect that the blogosphere will exert evermore transformative influence in political and cultural life," writes Milt Rosenberg of Milt's File, citing Gregory M. Lamb's Christian Science Monitor article "Blogs: Here to stay - with changes":
David Winer says weblogs are going to play a huge role in politics. But all the buzz about politicians using them is overblown. The blog of Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean was just a "gimmick," says Mr. Winer, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School and a pioneer blogger. And any blogs produced this year by President Bush or John Kerry will be "basically run by the ad agencies" - not the kind of honest, even intimate conversations that blogs can represent.
We're wondering what the bloggers at the spanking new Harvard Republican Blog: Dispatches from the Kremlin on the Charles would have to say about this. Travis Kavulla, for example, who also writes for the Harvard Crimson, speaks of "a rather pernicious problem: the disconnect in political discourse between Harvard and the rest of America, whether conservative or liberal."
We took an instant liking to the young fellow when we read the title of his post, "Agreeing with ourselves." How many times have we found ourselves doing the very thing?
But our point is that Mr. Winer in his comfy seat at the Berkman Center may be missing the forest for the trees. He wants "honest, even intimate conversations that blogs can represent." Can you say Blogs for Bush, Mr. W.?