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Friday, August 26, 2005

The catch up game

Sad to see Instapundit become a biased hack. While he writes reasonably well on social issues, his foreign policy stuff is sadly ignorant. I liked Chapati Mystery's excellent take on David Brooks' column. [a must read] He hit the nail on the head, and identified the problem that afflicts the far-right, Instapundit included. Note how a vast majority of the "good news from Iraq" is always by Americans (including the armed forces) and hardly by Iraqi bloggers.

Andrew Sullivan is much more smart. He has done a nice CYA job on both sides of the aisle and takes pot shots which are relatively safe. For instance, Abu Ghraib (everyone condemns it), Maureen Dowd (easy target for anyone but, the far left), Rick Santorum (easy target for anyone but, the far right) and so on.

All this means is that you end up reading more and more sources to give you a balanced view. For example, I read many more American and Iraqi blogs to get a better perspective on the stories behind the framing of the awful Constitution. And as these blogs become mainstream they in turn become easy prey to partisan viewpoints.

Then you have to begin the process all over again.

We castigate MSM, but we forget that MSB (Mainstream Blogs) often have agenda that are more partisan. In other words, for readers of blogs, it becomes a catch-up game - identify the sources which seem authentic, balance it out with other sources but keep moving. Reliable sources become less reliable when they begin to get credibility from many bloggers.

It is tiring and time consuming. Quite Rashomon like.


Blogger uma said...

good post. increasingly, i'm beginning to wonder if there's such a thing as a "balanced" view. i think one answer may be in setting up group blogs where the whole spectrum, from far left to far right, is represented, all by articulate voices, with no one dominant voice. that would be an interesting enterprise, i think.

9:01 PM  
Blogger history_lover said...

Another reason is that many people do not understand other people's impulses
Thus an atheist is unable to understand what drives a religious person .He is only able to either make fun of it or call it delusional or driven by personal motives etc..

11:09 PM  
Blogger BangaloreGuy said...

well, not just the blogging. Its the linking to as well, and frequent references as well - I have used a few sites in my brief blog-life of a year, and what I have observed is the clannish behaviour.

I have reconciled to it now. There is not a single place to get an unbiased view. You just have to look at various places for that - and if all of them have a single root link, its more than likely that you dont get the balanced view.

3:39 AM  
Blogger Quizman said...

uma, history, bangalore - I think even group blogs are simply a collection of biases. Which is fine. All, I'm asking for is an effort at neutrality at least when it comes to news (vs views). These MSBs frequently blur the facts.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Aaman said...

Good stuff, Arun - insightful and true.

I'm currently in the Bay Area for a month or so - mostly off-line/off-blogging

11:16 PM  

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