Thursday, January 28, 2010

And the Huffington Post has nothing on Howard Zinn's death

Me and the Huffington Post have a love hate relationship. I've grown to rely on it for daily news and it's not really as progressive as I would like it to be. In the past, I've seen its connection to pre-blogging era progressive politics as being tenuous at best. This would seem to confirm it. By pre-blogging era progressive politics I mean that the definition of progressive changed, became watered down, after the start of the era of the blog. Although blogging opened up the floodgates for personal expressions by anyone, it turned out that there were a lot of conventional or just outside of conventional political people who wanted to write and share what they felt with the world. It makes sense. Progressives, people who like Howard Zinn, read The Nation (and The Progressive), know what Democracy Now! is, have been a small minority in U.S. politics for quite some time. But it was disheartening none the less to see a new medium taken over in large part by people who were just a hair's breadth away from the folks that the old medium served. Huffington post only goes so far in its coverage, but the distance it goes is far enough to justify coming back and reading it again.

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