I've noticed a change in my own blog-checking habits over the past several weeks, and I don't know if it's just me or the reality of the last month of a divisive political campaign.
I automatically used to check out Delawareliberal first and several times a day, because it was where I could find edgy, thought-provoking, and (dare I say it) funny banter going on.
These days visit several other spots first, and my visits to DL are both shorter and less engaged. Why? Because the combination of invading neo-con commenters with the stridency of some of the major contributors has led to such pleasant exchanges as a post dedicated to labeling another blogger racist by donviti, whose own sense of provocative humor is generally so far out there that he makes John Belushi doing Samurai bartender on the SNL look positively pro-Asian. Or I can find Delawaredem and jason periodically spewing the idea that anybody who is not a liberal or progressive Democrat is somehow a non-American, poor-person-hating, rapacious bastard who--if the occasion is right--deserves to be.... [well, DD said he shouldn't have said it, not that he didn't mean it, so I won't go there....]
Meanwhile this all makes Pandora's post on potential white conservative violence if Obama wins look positively Solomonic.
Is it just me, or has Liberalgeek been conspicuous by his absence in most of these deeply intellectual conversations?
Not that Down with Absolutes has been such a prize lately, either. Dominique: we get it. You find Obama and his supporters at best disquieting, and you are still in a state of shock that people attacked you as a racist for moving from Hillary to McCain. But for God's sake, can't you write about something else once in awhile? At least stop pretending to be shocked, surprised, and dismayed when the trolls come out and wish your son would die a painful death.
kavips may or may not read this, after I criticized one post for stereotyping Republicans in a fashion that would have gotten the author nailed as a racist if it had employed similar analogies about African-Americans. (Of course, jason, who has posted many similar vulgarities, agreed that the post was spot on.) Meanwhile, the commentaries that I visit kavips for--like detailed examinations of the situation in Georgia, or environmental issues have, quite simply, disappeared beneath a whirlwind of intellectually shallow partisan posts....
Ironically, Tommywonk covers a lot of the same ground, but does it in his usual calm, intellectually honest fashion. Maybe that's why he doesn't get a lot of comments. These days, you've apparently got to fling shit far and wide in the DE blogosphere to get a conversation going.
Nor do I find much to read as I move further right. Delaware Politics, aside from rsmitty's brilliant RINO post, has been ... pretty damn sterile lately; Delaware Curmudgeon has uncharacteristically dwelling on a lot of GOP talking points lately [although she keeps beating me to the punch with good stuff about Tyler Nixon]; and Hube hasn't quite gotten it that nobody really cares about the inconsistencies of the MSM's treatment of Obama. Where the hell is the Spanish video of the week and a review of An American Carol.
I call bullshit.
And I'm sure it can be called on me as well.
The peak of the Delaware blogosphere this year IMHO was when we all banded together about imminent domain, when we actually spent some time looking for common ground rather than shit to throw at each other.
Yeah, it's an election year. Yeah, it's a big election year, and a lot is at stake no matter what your political ideology.
But if we allow them to make it ALL about elections, political parties, and the divisive nature of the American political discourse ... we all lose.
Here's the ultimate irony: Uncle Dana at Delaware Watch is usually the grumpiest and most acerbic of us all. His posts literally bleed outrage and offended sensibilities. Yet this week only his post on the Sheriff in Kent County IL who has called bullshit on illegal foreclosures comes close to representing the real strength and intellectual vitality that used to inhabit the Delaware blogosphere.
It is also the only post in that blogosphere this week worth linking to, which is why there aren't any others in this post.
Think about it, folks.
God, I can't wait for this election to be over.