Because he is a sell-out, . . .
. . . Chris Bowers claims all liberal bloggers are sell-outs.
Recently, the New York Times announced that it was incorporating the liberal blog FiveThirtyEight, authored by Nate Silver. In response, Chris Bowers of OpenLeft has declared that amateur progressive blogging has died. What evidence does Bowers cite for this proposition? Several liberal bloggers have taken paid jobs at professional sites like the Washington Post and Salon.Com. Also, other progressive blogs have become large professional and money-making operations. Finally, bloggers have used their blogging experience to obtain paid consulting positions, which they perform along with blogging. Ergo, the amateur liberal blog has died.
Ahem. There are many liberal bloggers who make little or no money from their efforts. Bowers’ essay indicates a pesky problem within the liberal blogging community. Larger, more established blogs — often those run by whites, men or heterosexuals — are the only ones that get serious attention among many so-called liberals.
Chris “Wow, We Nominated the Black Guy” Bowers was one of the earliest sell-outs.
It is, indeed, one of the main problems with blogging that white heterosexual male bloggers who were lucky enough to catch the beginning of the online revolution have nothing but contempt for most other bloggers. They have the exact same faults they criticize the mainstream media for: closed minds to new ideas and a herd mentality.
I don’t read any of them any more.