The biggest news from the Democratic National Convention appears to be the wholesale adoption of blogging technology by the mainstream media. Last time around, CNN wouldn’t dare “stoop” to using blogs; now they embrace them. Whatever. I don’t believe any mainstream source can really “get” the whole point of blogging.
To me, blogging is like the most democratic music invented: punk rock. With three simple chords, and entire genre of rock was launched. The music was so simple that anyone and everyone could play it. You didn’t have to be a virtuoso musician. Punk rock was truly democratic.
Blogs are like that as well. You don’t need a staff or a big budget. Just a little corner of space of the web and a URL to call your own and you can express your viewpoint. Yes, many are crap. But there are plenty of wonderful gems out there. Free speech and expression at its finest.
But apart from the DNC blog-mania, the funniest damn thing I ran across in the coverage was a group called Billionaires for Bush. No, they really aren’t billionaires, nor are they really for Bush. They are left-leaning protesters that use political satire to make their point. It’s hard not to admire good satire, no matter what your political views.