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The Opiates Of the Blogosphere

Stories that gained more attention in the blogosphere today than the effort by Democrats in the Senate Judiciary Committee to extend George W. Bush’s unconstitutional government spying against Americans under the Patriot Act and FISA Amendments Act:

– Chicago didn’t get the Summer Olympic Games that will take place seven years from now.
– David Letterman had sex.
– People don’t like Kanye West as much as they used to.
– Jon Gosselin is too selfish to be on a reality TV show.
– Drew Barrymore has a new movie about roller skating.
– The head of a dead baseball player became itself a plaything for workers in a cryogenics facility.
– The release date for the upcoming Transformers 3 movie was announced.
– A trailer for the Final Fantasy XIII video game has been released.

Then there’s my favorite: JJ Abrams will have a fictional TV show about government spies on NBC.

The blogosphere has the potential to bring about a new era in grassroots democracy, but instead people are using it as a medium for chatting about entertainment.

3 comments to The Opiates Of the Blogosphere

  • Tom

    The blogosphere has the potential to bring about a new era in grassroots democracy, but instead people are using it as a medium for chatting about entertainment.

    i disagree. This is wishful thinking or theoretical at best. If people were really concerned they’d march en mass to their state capitols, or Washington or both. But since it isn’t bad enough – that’s right, people aren’t suffering enough yet to get off their stupid asses and demand action (yeah, the kind we’re all BLOGGING ABOUT) – nothing is being done. Business as usual, nothing to see here, move along.

    • qs

      I have a different perspective. I don’t know about a grass roots vehicle, but I do think the news is harder to control as long as the internet exists and it’s harder to propagandize the people.

      Could you imagine Lincoln or FDR trying to fight their wars with the internet around? It would have been impossible so they’d either have to shut down the free speech or stop doing it.

  • Tom

    Geez, that’s funny qs, it’s being done right (under the last president and) now with the new guy in the White House. How can that be if the internet would prevent . . .

    Hey, maybe the internet IS propaganda! Or they’ve shut down free speech!

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