Annals of career "progressive" idiocy
My work is never done! Political "pro" Chris "I'm Writing As Bad As I Can" Bowers heaves up another brick! Why has Bowers written "RIP" for the amateur blogger? Clarifying and extending his previous post*, insofar as he is able, he gives a number of reasons. I think this one is the best:
4. ... No one has enough free time to blog as much as Matthew Yglesias, David Dayen, or the front page of Daily Kos.
It seems that Bowers, an English major, somehow made it through college without taking the time to learn how to write -- Daily Kos will never have "free time to blog" because it is a blog. Basic skills aside, can anybody spot the fact-based flaw in what Bowers has written?
If you're unemployed, or underemployed, you've got all the time in the world, and you absolutely have as much "free time" to blog as Yglesias [genuflects], or Dayen; the average duration of unemployment is now 34.4 weeks, the highest on record. And there are plenty of bloggers with time on their hands for that reason; myself among them.
Now, I'm not a mind-reader, so I can't say for sure why Bowers would write something that stupid, and that easy to disprove. But I suggest that Bowers is, like so many immature would-be writers, simply writing from his own experience, without yet having the maturity (or perhaps the desire) to contextualize his experience by imagining what the experience of others could be like. Bowers is a creature of Versailles, and in Versailles there really isn't an unemployment problem, especially for a cohort that has the serviceable skills of Bowers and his ilk. Nobody Bowers knows has the free time to blog, ergo, nobody has the free time to blog.
Many have commented that Versailles is "wildly out of touch" with the rest of the country -- even more than usual. Bowers simply exemplifies this process; in five or six short years, he and his neo-Broderite tribelet have become just as out of touch as The Dean himself. Or George Will.
Or, heck, Sally Quinn.
Oh, and there's another problem. I'll just quote Bowers:
5. New voices will still emerge, but only within the professionalized context: Undoubtedly, new voices will still emerge from the hobbyist world. However, when they do those bloggers will emerge within established, professionalized blogs in order too attract an audience in the first place
Can anyone spot the flaw?
NOTE * I mean to call out Bowers calling the rest of us unwashed "fellow bloggers". A hearty chuckle was had by all.