|The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)|
Monday, July 14, 2003
Lawrence Lessig's blog. (I know very little about Lessig other than that he is a Stanford Law professor and is involved in several internet foundations.) I checked out his first post and found it rather wanting.
Dean chose to complain about Internet deregulation:
Ignore for now the silliness of imagining the Dixie Chicks as Solzhenitsyn; as Richard Bennet pointed out in one of his bomb-lobbing comments, the Chicks have benefitted immensely from the scruitiny after attention was drawn to their Bush-bashing gaffe in Britain. What I really object to about Dean's post is that it is just another venue for campaign propaganda, and has nothing to do with blogging.
Start with the post itself; it's phoned in, and could have been written at any time in the last five years. It's not topical or personal or accessible, it's just three paragraphs from a Dean position paper. Then there is a superstructure of campaign activity. The post I quoted was bracketed by two posts from the people who probably did the actual typing, viz:
There's nothing really wrong with Dean having a bunch of piss-boys type his words into Lessig's blog. And there's nothing really wrong with the fact that Dean is not going to respond to comments, and almost certainly will not even read them. That's how presidential campaigns work. But please don't make the mistake of thinking this whole publicity stunt has anything to do with blogging.