On the Blogoshere, Grassroots Media, and the Citizen Journalist

“When the tongue or the pen is let loose in a frenzy of passion, it is the man and not the subject that becomes exhausted”
-Thomas Paine, Rights of Man

In many cases one thing the blogosphere lacks, other than not always having its facts straight, is civility.

The only thing new is the method of delivery.

American journalism went through its birth pangs along with the nation. We take for granted today the idea of “party politics” in our democracy, even as we either engage in or decry acrimony of the other party.

If Thomas Paine was the first American Blogger, then those that followed with their own sheets, newspapers, and pamphlets became, in the early years of American Democracy, the first blogoshere.

And it is still revolutionary.   

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