The roundup roundup?

March 12th, 2007

Kudos to the Thoughtful Conservative for putting together an uber roundup of the various roundups of Wisconsin’s “cheddarsphere.”

I’m a little torn about this recent craze for compilations. I love being cited, cialis capsule but I always suspect that a mainstream media-sponsored roundup goes against the spirit of blogging.

The traditional media have always been the gatekeepers and mediators of importance. When traditional media powers like the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Fox News Milwaukee (and in a different context: Charlie Sykes, Jessica McBride, and Wisconsin Public Radio) make lists of notable blog posts or elevate certain bloggers to the status of columnists or commentators, aren’t they reasserting their age-old prerogative of deciding what’s worthy of attention and what’s not?

No third party alternative has ever really become viable in U.S. politics. Normally, one of the major parties simply appropriates the best ideas of the the third party for itself. And I’m wondering if we aren’t seeing the same dynamic applied to the new Fifth Estate (i.e. bloggin) by the Fourth Estate.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kate  |  March 12th, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    I thought there was some good stuff around the blogospherethis weekend, and thought I’d share it. Ya know full well, I’m not a big media type. LOL

  • 2. Administrator  |  March 12th, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    Kate! You should have noticed that I didn’t mention your roundup (or Dean’s for that matter) in a perjorative way.

    And, truthfully, I was/am afraid this post would affect whether or not I get placed in the Journal Sentinel’s roundup ever again.

    But, lately I feel like the meritocracy of the early blogosphere (where people mostly earned the readership they deserved) is being replaced by a blogosphere intermediated by the powers of the traditional media.

    Did that make any sense? I’m starting to think I’m not getting enough sleep again. ;)

  • 3. Chris  |  March 12th, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    You have to give Fox 6 credit they have great taste in sports blogs ;)

  • 4. Kate  |  March 13th, 2007 at 10:29 am

    LOL Yeah, it made sense. But ya know, it reminded me, I really must get a life away from the computer. LMAO

  • 5. Pete Fanning  |  March 13th, 2007 at 10:38 am

    I personally don’t give a frak if I get listed anywhere. I’ve already burnt bridges with the Sentinal/Journal and McBride, and probably Sykes….I’m not out to win a popularity contest nor am I insinuating others are….

    I’m just in it to have fun and love what I do…..once this starts becoming a competition that’s when I should shutter up everything and sit in front of the TV again….

  • 6. Administrator  |  March 13th, 2007 at 10:41 am

    Pete, get a laptop! I blog in front of the TV all the time. Damn, I wish Heroes had been on last night.

  • 7. Kate  |  March 15th, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    Laptops are dangerous. They actually become part of your lap. :)

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