It's really ridiculous to think that Markos has programmed me to spit out his commands while I wait for the Kos 2.0 update to be uploaded into my brain so I can better execute his orders. That's the meme being promoted and I have to say it's laughable. I'm very happy that they're all focused on bloggers now more than ever because this makes us stronger. Thank you David Brooks.
Duncan says : "The notion that Markos is sitting around telling bloggers what to do is just ludicrous. There are bloggers who spend time try to herd the cats somewhat through organization and discussion - not through any top-down control efforts - but Markos isn't even one of those people. And, contra Jedmunds, this doesn't involve attempts to manipulate the "sheep" who are our readers, but rather how to sometimes influence the wider media-poltical bloodstream through emphasis and fact-based messaging. You know, sometimes bloggers discuss stuff. The horrors....read on"
I don't know why TNR's Jason Zengerle has to seemingly fabricate evidence to prove that bloggers talk to each other. And I don't know why David Brooks wrote what sounds like the rantings of a paranoid lunatic in his Sunday New York Times Op-Ed, citing Zengerle's work. I think these insiders and Republicans are just obsessed with us...
Kos talked about Crooksandliars in the Washington Monthly back in December that I responded to:
Markos makes an interesting statement about “yours truly” in the piece and I’d like to share a quick thought:
“He is acutely aware of the limits of his moment. “There are technologies that are coming out there that I just don’t get—I try, but I just don’t get them the way I got blogs,” he told me. “Crooks and Liars is like the second biggest liberal blog now, and it’s all video clips. And Friendster—I have a Friendster account, I understand in the abstract that people would like the web to connect it in a certain way, but I don’t get it, I don’t understand how it works.”
Since we live in such a visually stimulated culture, I understood how powerful it would be to bring that medium into your homes so you can see and hear what the people say I feel are responsible for tearing down the fabric of our country. Writing a paragraph about Tom Tancredo making a weird reference about blowing up Mecca isn’t as powerful as actually hearing him say the words. (By the way-there is much more here than videos.)
To see how much video is all over the Internet now is quite gratifying. I'm glad I was able to have a hand in that development.