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November 03, 2004

Bubble Boy

Man, The Daily Kos got smacked down hard.

And how did the 5,692 donors to the Kos Dozen do?

They funded a half million dollars' worth of losers.
...
All told, that's $547,157.97 of donated money, squandered on the basis of the mass trust placed in Moulitsas by his readers.

The Left's fascination with the potential of the web has lead them down the primrose path before, yet (to horribly mix a metaphor) the pot of gold they see at the end of that path keeps proving to be an illusion. I wonder how long it will be before they realize, like China, that the free flow of information is not actually conducive to the success of their policies?

Not that the information flow is any more conducive to those on the Right, mind you. The threat of paternalism is a feature possessed by both political wings. If anything, the more one knows, the more one should come to distrust either side of the political spectrum--a quality conspicuous in its absence at DailyKos, where the proprietor abandoned his critical faculties in order to indulge in partisanship.

It's no surprise that the DailyKos readership feels bitchslapped by the results of the election--though the blame rests with them alone. They confused kool-aid with data, and came back for more because they liked the taste.

Update: Salon issues the first mea culpa.

As I survey the wreckage of the lefty blogosphere Wednesday morning, it is easy to wonder: How could I, how could we, have been so wrong? How could the confidence and jubilation generated by the thriving communities at blogs like Atrios' Eschaton and Markos Moulitsas Zuniga's Daily Kos so thoroughly have evaporated into self-recrimination and despair?
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Like many a left-winger with broadband access, I've spent quite a bit of time in the past six months at such sites. I learned a lot about this country by doing so -- there's no better way to get quickly to the nitty-gritty of local politics and candidates all across the country than hearing from citizens involved. As a journalist, I've gotten scads of tips from the awesomely efficient early-warning system created by thousands of people coming together online. I enjoyed following the commentary on such sites during the presidential debates almost as much as I enjoyed watching John Kerry win them. And there's no question that the lefty blogosphere proved to be an effective fundraising mechanism.

But I feel now much like a kid who ate too much Halloween candy -- there's a taste in my mouth that tells me I overdosed. I fell victim to one of the Internet's most seductive illusions: the false reassurance of the echo chamber.

Posted by Bigwig at November 3, 2004 11:26 AM | TrackBack
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