This article The Hype
vs. Reality vs. What People Value: Emerging Collaborative News Models and
the Future of News . Brought up some interesting ideas when blog space becomes a democratizing element in politics, traditional party politics loose power and control of the discussion. It’s no wonder that blogs have resulted in much consternation of the reigning Irish political party.
On the other hand, is it no wonder that the most practical defense of the status quo in Irish (and worldwide) politics is to prevent broadband adoption. Less talk, less action translates to less access to Blogs, and the Internet for information and dialog means less pressure to adopt radical ideas in the political arena, like working for the public good, instead of against it.
A radical idea like participation is a political poison pill.
No Blogs, no participation.