Our own Susie Madrak was quoted in their article as one of the original denizens of the political netroots:
Madrak’s example is typical. She blogs, she says, more than ever, up to 20 times per day. But traffic is a third of what it was at its peak, and instead of being able to make a living through ad dollars, she is forced to seek donations intermittently on her site.
“The days when people could be very influential in the blogosphere aren’t here anymore,” she said.
There are other quotes, but I invite you to read the entire article.There are some things right about that article and there are some things very, very wrong, in my opinion. The underlying premise seems to be that the netroots fractured in 2007-2008, as Democrats split into the Hillary/Obama/Edwards camps, and while anger at each other simmered under the surface, it was directed toward Obama:
“I supported John Edwards,” Madrak said. “And the Obama people were very vehement about what they thought about it. And they up and left the site if they thought you were being irrational about Obama. I still don’t know where they went. They just up and disappeared.”
Although the Obama campaign raised a record amount of money online, they never quite made common cause with online activists.
“It has been a very testy relationship,” said Peter Daou, a blogger in the early days of the movement and now a political consultant. “He didn’t reach out. That was complained about in 2008, and during his presidency there has been a very bad relationship. They have been dismissive, and you want to look for a reason why the progressive blogosphere has fractured, that is it.”
There's certainly some truth to that, though I would also point out that Susie blogs here as do I, and I'm one of the Obama supporters who disappeared from pro-Hillary and pro-Edwards blogs around March, 2008, but not because I didn't like them or respect their points of view. I simply did what most people do: I found an affinity group that included people who were supporting Barack Obama, and for me, that affinity group could be found on Obama's website and Twitter.