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.”
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 beÂ 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 nonparticipationÂ that is predominant in tradmed. And the result is that we’re portrayed asÂ just reporters running around with less professionalism.
Am I happy aboutÂ the articleÂ 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.