As many of you (whoever you are these days) know, there's an epic-length cover story in the Times Magazine about political bloggers. I'm sure there's plenty to say about it, but what struck me, is that reading about all these folks -- atrios, kos, wonkette, mydd, jesse and ezra of pandagon -- I felt like I was reading a story about my high school buddies, or the people I hung out with at the break fast tonight. We were talking tonight about people's obesession and indentification with US Weekly-level celebrities; the joy I took in reading about the bloggers felt very different, and I think it is because it is a democratic (small d) form of celebrity -- they are famous because/even though everyone gets a bigger piece of them, and in the non-TPM, non-Wonkette cases, gets to be part of that celebrity. And it is not their performance or looks that thrill us, it is their thoughts, a qualitative difference.
And, of course, I was in wonkette's wedding party, that made me identify with her more.
And also, at tonight's first break fast (man, that yom kippur social whirl), spent 5 minutes with a friend just listing the political blogs we read every day. It was like finding that one person in high school who liked the smiths, too.
It's almost enough to give one hope.Posted by dbrown at September 26, 2004 12:14 AM