24 09 11 - 06:19What I like about the blog format is that, once we get past the kiddie drama of life-blogging, it takes two forms:
(a) longer pieces which showcase thoughtful writing
(b) shorter pieces that comment on media sources
Both have their place. #b in particular allows media to be interpreted, e.g. a spin corrector, from every camp, and for a kind of hierarchy of interesting news to emerge. In particular, it allows us to see that the polarization through left/right has not come in the form of radicalism, but in literally selecting different news, different news sources and different topics of discussion. The two aren't radical so much as they're radically incompatible at this point.
This blog has generally been of the #b type, coming on top of a site filled with #a pieces. The best pieces on this blog however, it seems to me, combine the types; they cite multiple media sources and then weave a plausible narrative out of them -- not an alternative narrative, or work-around, but a plausible interpretation of what seem to be "evident" facts.