Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Total Politics Top whatever

Well, it's all out now, all three sets of political blogs.

I'm not surprised to see mainstream blogs with media whores, political and /or publicity machines behind them like LabourList or Iain and Guido doing well, but equally I am surprised and somewhat elated to see individuals who just have a point of view doing well: people like DK, Charlotte the Harlotte, Dave's Part and Leggy have all punched well above their weight.

These are people who have managed to articulate concisely, intelligently and often amusingly, ideas outside the social democratic mainstream. And while Guido's scalp-hunting and Iain's insider gossip is interesting, they rarely provoke me to think or argue a different point of view. And that, to me, is what blogging is about: making people think or see a different point of view. And it's encouraging for me to see that people who read blogs aren't just reading the people who do it professionally. They're also reading the people who make me think.

Hopefully, they're thinking a bit more, too.

9 comments:

John Steed said...

Top heavy with right wingers. Biased. Shite. I am not bitter about not making the top 100 left wing blogs.

Obnoxio The Clown said...

What is top heavy with right wingers? Are you saying that people should vote equally for left and right wing?

Bonkers.

John Steed said...

It is more a case of the blogosphere having a higher presence of right-wingers.

Obnoxio The Clown said...

Really? If you say so.

AntiCitizenOne said...

I'd say the blogosphere has an abundance of anti-socialists, and quite right too as it doesn't work.

John Demetriou said...

Wow

Nice piece.

Obnoxio The Clown said...

Still too short, though, isn't it? :o)

John Demetriou said...

Yeah, you could have expanded the bit about cool blogs having cool stuff to say. Hint, hint.

Good stuff, Obo. Blimey, what am I saying?

Obnoxio The Clown said...

I don't know, I couldn't hear anything because your blazer was muffling your voice.