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Monday, August 16, 2004

Blogosphere gets noticed in a big way

"Right wing. Left wing. Indifferent. Irreverent. There's a blog for every taste, opinion and attitude. washingtonpost.com's 2004 Best Blogs - Politics and Elections Readers' Choice Awards is your chance to speak out and vote for your favorite politics and election blogs."

My initial take on this is that they're trying to co-opt the blogosphere, and I despise them for it. Bloggers and blog-readers love to express their opinions, however, so I won't even bother to suggest that you not participate.

tr.v. co-·opt·ed, co-·opt·ing, co-·opts

  1. To elect as a fellow member of a group.
  2. To appoint summarily.
  3. To take or assume for one's own use; appropriate: co-opted the criticism by embracing it.
  4. To neutralize or win over (an independent minority, for example) through assimilation into an established group or culture: co-opt rebels by giving them positions of authority.

UPDATE 08/17/04: Walter Cronkite, on the other hand, is not so enamoured of us. DANEgerus quotes him as saying,

"I am dumbfounded that there hasn't been a crackdown with the libel and slander laws on some of these would-be writers and reporters on the Internet. I expect that to develop in the fairly near future."
Brace yourselves :)