Monday, November 20, 2006

When all else fails - blame the bloggers

This idiot at the BBC says The Web is fuelling a crisis in politics.
"What is the big breakthrough, in terms of politics, on the web in the last few years? It's basically blogs which are, generally speaking, hostile and, generally speaking, basically see their job as every day exposing how venal, stupid, mendacious politicians are.

"The internet is being used as a tool of mobilisation, which is fantastic, but it only adds to the growing, incommensurate nature of the demands being made on government."

He challenged the online community to provide more opportunities for "people to try to understand the real trade-offs that politicians face and the real dilemmas that citizens face".
What a crock of crapola. It's about time the politicians start trying to understand the real dilemmas that citizens face and the trade offs the working class has to make every day just to survive. We've got millions of Americans who have to choose between food and medicine, between new shoes for their kids and gas in their car. What trade offs are the politicians facing? Does he mean things like selling out the common good for corporate interests in order to protect their deep pocket campaign contributors? If blogs don't expose them, who will? The MSM isn't doing it.

Guido has the quote of the day in response to this piece.
Guido intends to be a thorn in the side of corrupt politicians for a long time. There is nothing the vermin can do about it, no media proprietor for them to brandish baubles to, no job you can offer, no bribe we will accept. They deserve everything they get, the crisis has been brought about by their lies. In an age where all can be journalists and information is freely available they have lost control of the media. That is their crisis and our victory.
Amen, Guido.
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Blogger Mike Bogle said...

Two things come to mind with regards to folks like BBC Brian.

First, we're obviously doing something right. People don't get pissed off like that unless you hit upon a fundamental truth that makes them defensive. It's the hallmark of the GOP. When you're feeling exposed and threatened you lash out in an attempt to shift focus away from the truth.

Secondly, what we're after Brian is known as "accountability." The time of politicians being seen as faultless and held atop pedestals is long since passed.

The public now sees politicians for who they really are: Human beings who work for us, The Public and The People. It is their duty to follow through with their promises, do good, and make decisions that benefit the most number of people possible.

If they're not doing that they're going to get hammered by bloggers - and rightfully so.

Anyway long time no talk Lib, sorry to be so quiet - there's a big bush fire raging just up the hill at the moment :)

1:51:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Well said Mike. Sorry I've been remiss at making the blog rounds as well. I'm pretty useless this time of year. I get the seasonal affective thing and I sort of hang on by my fingernails until the Winter Solstice. Once I make it through that shortest day, I feel better again.

Meanwhile, I hope the fire is rhetorical and not threatening to burn you out of house and home.

2:36:00 PM  
Blogger Mike Bogle said...

Unfortunately the fire isn't rhetorical. It's still a ways away, but close enough to make us nervous. I'm following the news reports very closely in case I need to run home :S

4:34:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Yikes. I hope they put it out soon. How awful.

4:53:00 PM  

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