So apparently my previous posting wasn't as funny as I was trying to make it, but I was trying to prove a point. In the blogosphere we spend way too much time repeating things. The reason why memes work so well on blogs is because people are constantly repeating ideas on blogs regardless of how idiotic they are.
The truth about political debate on blogs is that there isn't any. People read blogs to reassure themselves that their point of view is correct and don't bother adding anything to the debate. If they are against something that a blog has posted, they will only say nasty things and ignore other peoples comments An excellent example is a comment written by someone named Raven:
"WHERE'S CINDY SHEEHAN? Go to this link and click "listen to broadcase" to hear her pathetic "speech" to an empty room filled with TWO foreign journalists. This is utterly pathetic. Now I know why you Democrats dumped this moron."
This comment does not further any debate. It is a nasty, self righteous comment that is only meant to derail any serious debate. Blogs are filled with these kinds of nasty comments, it's the reason why many bloggers refuse comments.
The truth is, when we feel as if we are anonymous, we get nasty and our base instincts come out in full force. We say all those nasty and stupid things that we normally filter out of conversation. The bloc world is an anonymous entity filled with comments by people who are writing out of furious anger and emotion, rather than logic.
In an essay I wrote last year for rhetoric class, I argued that logic has no argument without emotion. Blogging has now convinced me that they rely on each other, and without a logical component, an emotional argument will fall flat. Most comments on blogs are emotional and lack any logical component.
However, given that point, I will concede that certain blogs rearrange information to seem fresh. Firedoglake does an excellent job of taking news stories and adding their own commentary. But there is nothing added and nothing new to what they are saying. They are merely commenting on the comments. And now, I am commenting on the comments of the comments. How pathetic is that?