Peter Ingemi of Da Tech Guy's Blog has fedora, will travel. We stumbled onto the peripatetic grassroots cyberjournalist plying his trade on the lawn of Boston Common last April at the Boston Tea Party with Sarah Palin. Since then we've become friends in an informal exchange of ideas, links and banter on Twitter. And thereby hangs a tale (see below).
"Journolisters were basically all card-carrying left-wingers," wrote Twitterpal King Shamus the other day in a post explaining the difference between closed Cabalists of on-message types on the left and loose confederations of small-government types on the right in this wild and wooly business of journalism and citizen journalism:
Lefties tend to like collectives of all sorts of flavors; the Journolist email jobby was just another snuggly groupthink security blanket. When there was a threat to their political views, they angrily pounced on it. When there was a way to advance their preferred policy ideas or candidates, they swung into action with extreme vigor.
Conservatives and libertarians, on the other hand, tend to travel light. Like Sarah Palin's and the Tea Partiers' totemic grizzly bear, they "are generally loners, but … are still North America's most social bear. They gather at food sources and often forage in family groups." Collectivism vs. individualism [h/t Angela Lash], as we blogged the other day in "Tea Party grizzlies vs Journolist wolf pack." In this case the "food source" is the online and occasionally offline social networking that allows lively minds to feed upon each others' ideas. Here's how it works for this typical libertarian politico-cultural blogger:
1. After whetting our appetite with some tasty tidbits from a few of our personal favorite blogs (see blogrolls at right) early morning …
2. We headed over to Memeorandum to get a bite of what's getting other bloggers' panties in a twist. This morning the top story was particulalry delicious: In the wake of The Daily Caller's latest Journolist revelations, former Journolista Andrew Sullivan — who's been waging a long, lonely battle at his Atlantic blog, "The Daily Dish," trying to prove against all odds that Sarah Palin's baby boy Trig was actually born of daughter Bristol — realizes he's been thrown under the bus, the object of ridicule by those he took to be his friends. An unanticipated byproduct of his epiphany: He finally gets it:
This is your liberal media, ladies and gentlemen: totally partisan, interested in the truth only if it advances their agenda, and devoid of any balls whatsoever.
We could have told him that years ago, but he never asked.
3. We twittered about it and continued reading.
4. Twitterbuddy Da Tech Guy (photo above) picks up on one of our tweets, proceeds to churn out a post about it and tweets back:
@SissyWillis Who woulda thought trig trutherism was so powerful that it could hit Andrew Sullivan with a cluebat?
Be sure to read Da Tech Guy's post. It's a treat:
How Ironic is it that Sullivan’s trig trutherism might be the thing that forces the Journolist into the MSM? I know the Lord works in mysterious ways but this takes the cake.
Possibly related: Thomas Sowell's "How Smart Are We?"