Too bland and too phony

Maureen Dowd writes in the NY Times this morning about the mainstreaming of political blogging.

The most telling sign that the Internet is no longer the cool American frontier? Blogs, which sprang up to sass the establishment, have been overrun by the establishment.

In a lame attempt to be hip, pols are posting soggy, foggy, bloggy musings on the Internet. Inspired by Howard Dean's success in fund-raising and mobilizing on the Web, candidates are crowding into the blogosphere ? spewing out canned meanderings in a genre invented by unstructured exhibitionists.

She's right of course, but partly for the wrong reasons. The essence of the blogosphere is its fresh, dynamic, cutting-edge core as a new medium, not goofy politicians hiring underlings to write pretend diaries for them.

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