In a banner ad over at Instapundit, right-wing blog outfit Pajamas Media shares the breathless prose of Tammy Bruce:
The core of the American people has manifested itself most purely in blogs because elites for so long controlled all avenues of communication. Those days are over now.
The blogosphere oozes with this kind of petty triumphalism – from Andrew Sullivan’s “The Revolution Will Be Blogged” tagline to Ed Driscoll’s “Year of Blogging Dangerously.” Bruce’s claim is just a shining example because it counterposes “elites” with the “core of the American people.” She’s right that American journalists are a fairly elite group (the shift in journalists’ conception of their job from a trade to a profession is related to this). That’s why coverage of unions, contrary to the claims of most bloggers, tends to be so right-wing and hostile. But if Bruce thinks that blogs – overwhelmingly written and read by the wealthiest sliver of the population – represent the “core of the American people,” that suggests that she has a rather elite conception of the American people herself.
The conservative bloggers’ “takedown” of Dan Rather has infused them with an arrogant pride bordering on hubris. It’s a self-absorbed hybrid of the catharsis of populist dissent and the reactionary short-sightedness of mainstream conservatism.
Thanks for writing, Josh.
Barriers to entry are much lower in the blogworld, though. Witness The Homeless Guy http://thehomelessguy.blogspot.com/ just because bloggers are currently disproportionately privileged white kids doesn’t mean they always will be.