Robert Stein 1924-2014

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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Blog Amnesty Day

In all the exhilaration about blogging as a new frontier, it's easy to forget that, even in digital democracy, human nature does not change.

This deep thought is prompted by Blog Amnesty Day, a generous impulse to share the wealth of attention by bigger bloggers with their impoverished brethren.

Ironically, or perhaps not, it started with an event at the other end of the selfish-selfless spectrum, the tendency of the haves to turn their backs on the have-nots. (Jon Swift, with customary stylishness, explains it all here.)

As the recipient of much generosity, Blog Amnesty Day prompts me to resolve to expand my blogroll at every opportunity and try to pass along to others some of the kindness of Jon, Joe Gandelman at Moderate Voice, Mike Finnigan at Crooks and Liars, Pamela Leavy at Democratic Daily and new friends at Simply Left Behind, Sustainable Middle Class, Kiko's House, Liberal Values, Lance Mannion and others listed at the left.

Decades of working in MSM yielded less genuine good will than I have found this past year-plus in the blogosphere.


Shaun Mullen said...

"Decades of working in MSM yielded less genuine good will than I have found this past year-plus in the blogosphere."

Isn't that the truth?

jfreeland said...

One day, if not already, the academics and others will unpack the phenomenon known as the "blogosphere" and they'll sort out what worked and what didn't, what was valuable and influencial, and what was only more trash. They may find the deft use of "short jabs" by news blogs to punch some sense into a frazzled and destracted citizenry had more journalistic impact on this country than anything since Tom Paine. Connecting.the.Dots is loaded.

Dyre42 said...

B.A.D seems like a good day to mention that I've rather enjoyed reading your blog and have added you to my blogroll. Take care and keep up the good work.