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Blogs Are Not A Powerless Echo Chamber

by Joan Westin (writer), Just moved to Northern Nevada, March 09, 2009


The blog world is NOT a relatively powerless echo chamber.

Internet-based liberal activist’s have outed the identities of the villains and traitors. For example, Craig’s exposes reach because there are clear distinctions between good and evil. In our so-loved entertainment culture, these type of powerful stories are what sustains citizen involvement. The postings of this outrage and the compiling up of rap sheets broke the stillness and reinforces the narrative. The Internet hum of discontent is growing. The wave grows until it crashes into the national consciousness.

Exposes are on-going soap-operas, narrative, entertainment of the highest order. Nothing more American than that.

I myself have been exploring mediums as I find my voice. I have been derisively attacked as an amateur, code word for not a gatekeeper. I have been told I have a stupid opinion or an opinion I should keep to myself, in other words, to stop complaining. Well, I am not going to “stop complaining.” In fact, I will continue to make my voice seen and heard. @ you gatekeepers: I will either bypass, crush or influence you.

When my enemies began to notice me and to attack me, then I have arrived. I feed their backlash.

The comfortable and established are more invested in holding their perceived positions of privilege than in risking new ways of writing, thinking, innovating, exploring, and governing. Hence, we have been cursed with a system that doesn’t always reward the greatest talents, truth or ethics. Instead of meritocracy, we’ve had more of an economic and political aristocracy. No more. I can fact check, break stories and feed stories,

Technology has allowed all that. The Internet is educating the ignorant. The result is democratization. The vast choices of communication on the Internet means more and more people are increasingly becoming active participants in their culture.

Instead of complaining about the self-entitled corporate flavor of music, films or even politics, we are making our own music, films and politics. Without asking anyone’s permission, we have bypassed the gatekeepers and boy are they po’d about that. So, they fight back to remain the self-perceived elite. They’ve lost. They’ve lost because bloggers exert a disproportionate pressure on politics and in highlighting injustice.

No more will only certain kinds of people be allowed to speak up or to each other. I can be as equally belligerent as the GOP in my HATRED of the Illegal and Immoral Iraq War and my OPPOSITION to the Illegal and Immoral Iraq War supporters. I label the Illegal War supporters as un-American. I have nothing but contempt for the GOP. My zeal matches any extreme right-wing nut job. I will relentlessly mock and deride the far-right nut jobs paranoid fantasies. I am a reformist. I am a noncorporatist. I am a liberal. I am a progressive. I am an Illegal and Immoral Iraq War opponent. I am proud to be a liberal. I am a GOP’s intolerance foe. I will take every stunt from the far right nut wing jobs and apply them to my causes, including scapegoating villains de jour. I make no apologies for being liberal or an Internet-based liberal activist.

Without a hint of regret, I NO longer read with amusement the lunacy and hypocrisy of the far right wing nut jobs. At one time far right nut wing jobs made “nice copy,“ but they didn’t then and they don’t now, reflect reality. I have copied from the far right nut wig jobs and with equal to there mean-spirited vengeance, fight for my liberal beliefs. The far right nut wing jobs have been dislodged and liberals have filled in the gaps. Now I go for the gut, not the brain. I say the far right wing nut jobs are shrill and unstable. Now I use their own quotes against them, equally taunting and smearing them. The weirder and weirder the far right nut wing jobs and the corrupt and crooks get, the more material they are just writing for me.

Screw them.

I know I’ve paraphrased Daily Kos. I thank Daily Kos.

So Expose Yourself to The Internet as Good Guys Don't Have Degrees Of Integrity.

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Joan Westin is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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4 comments on Blogs Are Not A Powerless Echo Chamber

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By D. E. Carson on March 12, 2009 at 01:29 am

Joan:  You and I are polar opposites politically, but I really enjoyed the passion with which you wrote this piece.  There was something in it that actually stirred my pride as an American in spite of the fact that I couldn't agree less with you if I tried.  I am being as honest and as truthful here as I can so please don't think I'm being condescending.  Most around here will tell you that I am that shrill and unstable right-wing nut job but like you I will not "stop complaining".  Perhaps we will find some common ground.


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By Theresa H Hall on November 07, 2009 at 05:15 pm

Isn't it great to have a voice? In many other countries their citizens are not free to say what they believe and I am glad we have this forum and publication with which to do precisely this. Keep writing.

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By Joan Westin on December 02, 2009 at 02:04 pm

Thanks I appreciate your comments.

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By Just Average Joe on July 09, 2010 at 11:40 am

First warning shot: Remind them its your constitutional right to free speech when they tell you you have a stupid opinion or an opinion you should keep to yourself.

Second warning shot: Ask them what part of its your constitutional right to free speech don't they get.

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