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April 05, 2004

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Yes, if you think that imposing standards of decency on a medium harms it, then I helped harm political blogging. No doubt you're glad that right-wing hate radio was never "harmed" in this way.

I think Kos's statement lacked compassion, but it wasn't "indecent" by any sane measure. Also, I must have missed the memo informing blog writers of the campaign to impose a decency standard on the medium. Did the right-wingers agree to police their side, too?

No doubt you're glad that right-wing hate radio was never "harmed" in this way.

The difference is that a boycott like this couldn't harm radio the way this will harm blogging. First, blogging is unproven as a revenue-making medium. Before this, political ads looked like a fruitful avenue. If you can explain why campaigns in general would want to risk this kind of scandal again by investing ad dollars with bloggers, please do. Secondly, if a show's host offends someone, then a campaign can choose not to advertise on that show while still advertising on the show's station or network. The revenue picture of radio as a whole is not threatened. Here a blogger makes a single remark, and his entire blog revenue is hit. It's much more damaging. Finally, with your "decency" remark and this analogy, I take it you support some kind of self-editing by blog writers not to offend people. This is also short-sighted and ultimately harmful to blogging. The reason why blogging is fun is that it's interactive and fairly unrestrained, in sharp contrast to PR and traditional media. You're advocating that the ad money flow to the bland. If I want to read sanitized commentary, I don't need to subscribe to 250+ blogs, I can just stick to the newspaper.

"The reason why blogging is fun is that it's interactive and fairly unrestrained, in sharp contrast to PR and traditional media"
This is true, and one of the reasons why i like blogging.

Although i feel that there is a potential problem with the internet in general. The problem is one of information being spread which is unreiable (although that problem exist in other mediums also, and they censor thierselves)

imposing standards of decency

Ah, that classic conservative crusade...decency. The problem is, we can't agree on what's decent and what's not. Trent Lott thinks it's indecent of Tom Daschle to criticize President Bush. I think it's indecent to...well, actually I don't much care for the concept. It's ignorant and used only to censor other people's views.

Let conservatives say what they want--I'll criticize them until I can no longer draw breath. Never will I attempt to tell them they cannot speak because it's indecent. That's just where we differ.

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