Left, right, up, down

Alex Singleton writes that the blogosphere leans right, and tells why.

Eugene Volokh believes that it's pretty much down the center.

I disagree with both and say that it leans up (down?) towards individualism, at least more than traditional media does.

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If Alex Singleton thinks the

If Alex Singleton thinks the left has a monopoly on substituting slogans for rational thought, he should see the freeper trolls go into action over at Atrios whenever Bush's war policies are questioned.

For everyone on the left who wants to regulate everything and nationalize the economy "for the children," there's someone on the right who distrusts the government until the "commander-in-chief" wraps himself in the flag and intones the magic words "national security." For everyone on the right who believes Dumb W. Ass "brought back honor, dignity and integrity to the White House," there's someone on the left who still believes in "a place called Hope."

Both left and right have plenty of idiots whose "arguments" boil down to "Four legs good, two legs baaaaad!"

I agree that the

I agree that the blogosphere, if it leans towards any particular political or social ideology, leans towards individualism. The blogosphere (or its political commentary elements, at least) is dominated by individuals working for themselves - 'group blogs' are, of course, nothing more than collections of these individualists, as the differences of opinion expressed by different writers at popular group blogs such as Samizdata is testament to (and every group blog is, presumably, managed by a single individual who owns the blog's webspace and domain name).

I think perhaps the blogosphere leans towards individualism because of the nature of blogging: This medium is about individual response and opinion and readers who enjoy blogs tend to do so because of the wide range of varying mixes of news and opinion one can find in the blogosphere.

A left-leaning blogosphere would be the most undesirable, I feel. A left-leaning blogosphere would likely be plagued by individuals fighting over who was the most 'social conscious', who followed Marx's word most closely and with many individuals writing solely to try to reinforce the irrational ideas of other leftist writers whilst vying for the attention of the 'little father of the bloggers', whoever that might be. An individualist-leaning blogosphere works so well because it is founded on the exchange of ideas and the opinions of individuals, usually in a civilised and polite manner, conducive to rational debate and learning.