I’m actively looking for liberal blogs that take a different tone than the ones I currently read. Anger and frustration, justified though it may be, still is of limited usefulness. Emotional writing may spur me to action, but I rarely feel more than riled up after reading a dozen posts on the outrages du jour. I’m convinced, okay? Now I’m ready to take action. But if I am to carry any arguments from the blogosphere to the real world, how exactly should I construct a cogent conversation with only emotion? Who gives me the building blocks of rational argument that I need if I want to change hearts and minds? Among the blogs I’ve chosen to read until now, I have found damn few who can do that.
That said, I find nothing I read on these blogs as divisive or cartoonishly over-the-top as continually emanates from the conservative noise machine. Jamison Foser’s post today on Media Matters is right on:
Media Matters – “Media Matters”; by Jamison Foser:As recently as July 12, Ann Coulter suggested that staff members of the New York Times be prosecuted for treason. And on July 14, she repeated her criticism of the 9/11 widows, whom she has accused of “enjoying their husbands’ deaths”. How is it that Coulter is not shunned from the public forum. How is it that she is not rebuked by conservative and liberal alike? And she’s only one example. Other conservative pundits are allowed to spew hateful, outrageous speech without question or criticism.
Media pounce on “screeching,” “frothing [liberal] bloggers”—while waving on conservatives who advocate … murder
I don’t think I want to hear anything else about “crazy liberal bloggers.”