Chris Clarke wants to know. He borrows the question from one of his readers, who says in part:
What has all the good writing, the confirmation that there is really Someone Intelligent and Caring out there, actually accomplished—besides making us feel a little better for a few minutes?
Be honest about that. Even with the really big-time blogs. What real, solid gains—for people other than the big bloggers themselves, who enjoy a quasi-celebrity and a quasi-legitimacy—have been made because of blogs?
But yes! I have suckered you into reading yet another one of those tedious “whither blogging?” posts! Score!
Seriously, though, it’s a worthwhile question. You can see my response in comment #71 there, which I won’t bother repeating here, but I thought of something else after I’d posted that comment: Right-wing blogs are not asking this question. I think they will be in the coming months when, I hope, they find themselves sinking into a pit of despair and despondence–but right now, they’re not asking it. Most of the major right-wing bloggers believe they’re effective at getting their goals accomplished, offline as well as on.
Granted, I think some of those goals are damned wacky–was it that important to get CBS to dump the Reagan biography on Showtime? Was it really?–but right-wing bloggers credit themselves with many victories, and you’ve probably noticed that some of the ones they take credit for ([cough] 101st fighting keyboarders [cough]) aren’t actually theirs to claim or, for that matter, even “victories” in the first place.
So hey: What goals should progressive blogs aim to accomplish? Or do you doubt their ability to ever do more than, as Chris’s reader put it, “[make] us feel a little better for a few minutes?” (Personally, if that’s all blogs ever do for me, I’ll take it. But don’t listen to me. I’ve been known to read some really cheap, silly, worthless-crap blogs.)
And if you know of any examples where a blog has really, truly, made something good happen out there, by all means, share them with Chris. I’d like to see him back in the saddle again come January.
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