Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wingnuts Follow One Leader At A Time

via Political Wire

And interesting study from Harvard University showing left leaning blogs tend to have multiple front page authors, while right leaning blogs tend to only have a single author. This does not surprise me, as this seems only an extension of top down leadership needs of the conservative psyche. We saw it with lockstep following of George Bush for 8 years as well as GOP controlled congress during those years with folks like Tom "the hammer" Delay calling the shots and republicans always falling in line, even when what they were voting on did not seem all that conservative, such as the Medicare Drug Bill. You can also see it with their impressive message discipline with the media and elsewhere. The problem is however, when the leader they are following leads them down the Primrose Path like Bush and Delay. Democrats value multiple voices and individual opinion, that is a blessing in my opinion, and I wouldn't have it any other way. But it does have drawbacks in rallying public opinion on specific issues up for legislation whereby the multiple opinions tend to confuse the audience, or voters.

A Harvard study of political blogs finds that left-leaning sites "adopt more participatory technical platforms" and "more often use blogs as platforms for mobilization."
Meanwhile, right-leaning blogs are more frequently authored by just one person instead of multiple authors.

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