"A New Birth of Freedom:" Why Bleats and Blogs Matter

just hope you're right about the last part, not everybody looking at the same "that's the way it is"-head. But how numerous could 'not everybody' get?

Posted by bekwon at September 2, 2004 11:18 AM

It can't come soon enough

Posted by Eric Blair at September 2, 2004 11:56 AM

I agree that changes are coming and probably faster than we expect.

Four years ago my sons told me I would be reading
the news on my computer and I said, "oh, no I
would never do that, I love my newspaper."

Well, guess who finds the largest majority of her
news On the internet, where choices of what to
read are so numerous, I find what is really being
said about the news stories.

I still read my paper every morning, but then
I go to the blogs, columnists, and the newspapers

They told me a number of years ago there would be little cash used sometime in the future, and I did not believe them, and now I do my banking on the net and use my debit card for 90% of my shopping I write one check a month. My rent, that is it.

I believe the main networks and newspaper will have to change if they want to survive, the
internet will be a strong force in the future,
as has be shown in the Swiftvets campaign.

With very little money they have succeeded in bringing their story to millions of people with the help of blogs, talk show hosts and the ads they have shown on televison. Many of the blogs
are also talk show hosts and they got this news
and have hung in there like bulldogs and never
let up. We are now learning the truth about
Kerry, all documented and fair.

The msm ignored it and now must see they can
no longer ignore news that is bad for their choice of president and they are still
sticking to the story that Kerry would be a
great CiC. I know there will be people who
belive the MSM, but there are many others who will search for the truth.

The fact is they could be quiet and say nothing
which has always worked in the past, but because of the internet their loss of credibility is so easily seen now their power is being eroded. As time goes by they will have to learn to be honest in their reporting. Imagine the msm not having the power to avoid news they don't like and presenting their continual bias sounds good to me.

Posted by Carole at September 2, 2004 12:11 PM

It's good to have you back, Mr. Vanderleun.

Posted by Eric B at September 2, 2004 12:45 PM

"free minds in the new media"

I believe you just wrote the manifesto.

And hurray for Lileks. The cigars will be on me if ever our paths should cross.

Posted by Matt at September 2, 2004 12:54 PM

I don't know, would you have trusted this free-minded radical hippie Editor-in-Chief?

Isn't he looking just a little too bright-eyed, and perhaps a tad bit on the happy side? Well, you would be too if you were sporting not only a super cool headband, but also a groovy macrame pouch. Yes, courtesy of the other Mrs. VdL, my adorable mother-in-law Lois, it is my pleasure and privilege to share this rare glimpse of one of Gerard's proudest sartorial moments. My only question is, where's his Army blanket thrift shop poncho?

Posted by Mrs. VdL at September 2, 2004 2:27 PM

Sorry about that. My husband's sophisticated website wouldn't allow me to post a picture in my previous comment. So you'll have to take a look here: www.svanderleun.com.

Posted by Mrs. VdL at September 2, 2004 2:46 PM

One remark though. 310.000 pageviews for Instapundit doesn't mean he had 310.000 unique visitors - only that 310.000 pages were served. We don't know how many readers there were, although Glenn should be able to come up with those numbers.

That's not to say it isn't an impressive number - it's still an awful lot!

Posted by G.J. Wolfswinkel at September 3, 2004 1:31 AM

I get virtually all my news and 99.9% of editorial from the Internet. Every now and then when I want to see a talking head I'll turn on Bret Hume and also enjoy the FNN news flash eye candy.

Newspapers? Great for local sports, local news, local entertainmnet, local adds and coupons. Oh, I also found it handy for wrapping the fish parts after cleaning my catch. Try that with a computer!

Posted by phil gilbert at September 3, 2004 3:15 PM

The scarey part of the circulation figures of Instapundit compared to the major media is that he is one person doing it part-time on a low budget.
He still has a day job. He doesn't have a multimillion dollar budget and a huge staff. Multiply Instapundit by the thousands of other blogs and the MSM has much to fear.

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