What’s next? e-ffirmative Action?

August 14th, 2007

I can’t believe that syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman is actually complaining that the Lefty Blogosphere is dominated by angry white males. She thinks the fact that so many popular political bloggers are white men is proof that women once again are being excluded from the old boys/new boys network.

She writes:

It’s about the political dialogue — who gets heard and who sets the agenda. Cooper (a female blogger) asks herself: “Are we going to do the same thing we’ve done all along, discount cialis store but with computers? Or will we create a new institution that allows for marginalized voices?”

But what new institution could do a better job representing marginalized voices than the Internet?

There is literally no barrier to entry. There’s not even any way to tell the color or sex of a blogger, cialis sale if they choose to use a pseudonym.

And what would Ms. Goodman suggest we do to “rectify” the imbalance: require browsers to read one female blogger for every male blogger they visit? Force some women to stop blogging about being moms and start blogging about whether or not we should elect a mom?

Once again, we can see that equal opportunity isn’t enough for some of those on the Left. Nothing less than equal outcomes will be tolerated.

(As a final aside, I find it noteworthy that two of the most popular and powerful conservative/independent bloggers – Michelle Malkin and Ann Althouse – are women , but all the main “progressive” bloggers are supposedly men.)

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  • 1. Casper  |  August 15th, 2007 at 9:04 am

    You ask how it is this imbalance could be rectified. I honestly don’t think it would be too difficult. Conveniently enough, the solution goes hand-in-hand with the recent proposal to unionize bloggers.

    1. As a member of the union, you will be required to embed “union-endorsed” advertising on your blog. This will most likely direct readers to organizations working towards causes the union advocates. And we all know what sort of causes unions advocate.

    2. Union members will be required to prominently display a union-maintained blogroll. This blogroll will change daily, with focus placed on minority/women/special interest blogs in an effort to direct readership to those blogs that may not normally achieve equal exposure.

    3. Union bloggers will receive a weekly newsletter highlighting posts from other union members. They will then be required to link to and comment on at least two of those posts on their own blog. Again, the focus of these posts will be placed on minority/women/special interest blogs.

    4. Revenue from union dues and advertising will allow the union to maintain a sophisticated blog search engine, perhaps in conjunction with Google. While search results may return all blogs, union and non-union alike, casual readers will not notice that union blogs are returned at the top of the list, particularly those blogs the union wishes to grant greater exposure.

    5. Union members will strongly be discouraged from linking to non-union bloggers.

    Of course, I wouldn’t agree with any of these items as they take away from the very organic nature of how blogs achieve readership in the first place. And it still depends on readers actually reading what’s presented to them. But that really isn’t all that difficult either: as so many have claimed for years now, the public is swayed by what the MM sees fit to print. Why should it be any different here?

    All in all, the concept may seem distasteful, but it’s far from impossible.

  • 2. folkbum  |  August 16th, 2007 at 5:23 pm

    I disagree with you in several respects. One, Ann Althouse would disagree with your characterization, probably by telling you how many times she’s voted for Russ Feingold.

    Two, many of–how did you put it?–“the main ‘progressive’ bloggers”–are actually women. The Huffington post has a ton of female contributors, though it’s hard to call that a “blog” anymore. But FireDogLake is still mostly women writers, I believe, and digby is a woman. Most of the current “front-pagers” at DailyKos are women (more than half of the top 20 posts right now are by women). John Edwards hired two women bloggers not to be PC but because both Amanda and Shakes had proven their mettle running their own popular blogs. Barbara O’Brien, Atrios’s guest-posters, Pam at AmericaBlog . . . I could go on.

  • 3. Elliot  |  August 16th, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    Hey, Jay.

    Ann was included under the “independent” label…which I believe she bills herself as.

    As to the rest, I’ll take your word for it. I don’t read many of the national blogs on either side. In my defense, I’ll point out that I made the assumption based on Ms. Goodman’s argument.

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