Threatened Much?

So there’s a front page article today in the Wall Street Journal. The subject? My political blog, Blue Hampshire. The title?

“Have a Laptop? You, Too, Can Sway New Hampshire Race.”

 Subtitle?

“Self-Appointed Bloggers
Get Candidate Face Time;
On the Bus With Edwards”

You know, there’s so much insecurity in that headline that I’m nervous for the WSJ. I really want to pat them on the head and tell them it’ll be all right.

Personally I think the article is a catalog of the traditional misconceptions about bloggers, sort of Andrew Keen without all the bombast. The weird thing is it’s not a hatchet job (well, except for the dot portrait that looks nothing like me). I mean, it’s an honest attempt to understand this phenomenon through the lens of tradmed. It captures what we do, but then places that into the culture of access, status, centralized control, and nonparticipation that is predominant in tradmed. And the result is that we’re portrayed as just reporters running around with less professionalism.

Am I happy about the article though? Extremely. Front page WSJ, man. The people who get what we’re about will see that and visit us. The people that don’t won’t. That’s fine by me.

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3 Comments on “Threatened Much?”

  1. Mike says:

    BTW — if you want to know what we *really* do, listen to Jon Udell’s interview with me:

    http://blog.jonudell.net/2007/10/29/a-conversation-with-mike-caulfield-about-bluehampshirecom/

    Which I think is probably one of the best things I’ve seen on state-level blogging (trying to be objective here, but I really think Jon did a great job of hitting the right questions).

  2. Jim says:

    Wow, that is sick, Mike.

    Little do they know how much exposure they just gave your site. More than that, you come at it with an awesome attitude, making the whole community that much stronger.

    Ride Bluehampshire, ride!

  3. Jim says:

    Also, stop harrumphing you cantankerous liberal!


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