Ron Rosenbaum, Writer

March 24, 2009

Another Voice Deplores the Ghettoization of the Blogosphere

Filed under: Uncategorized — ronrosenbaumwriter @ 11:08 am

  Pay particular attention to the study mentioned in this interview (hit’skip to content”) which demonstrates that people who only talk to/listen to people who agree with them, become more extreme and intolerant of other points of view, narrow their intellectual horizons and turn into an anti-democratic mob that seeks not just to disagree but to suppress opinions they disagree with. A point my post “Note to the Blogosphere”–and the mobmind comments thereto demonstrated for all to see.



  1. You journalists have failed.

    Your captive audience and gatekeeper function are going, and they’re not coming back.

    Cry some more — it amuses me.

    Comment by Evil Pundit — March 24, 2009 @ 3:15 pm | Reply

  2. The internet is the greatest gift a writer could have: instant reader reponse, an unlimited archive, expanded freedom of expression, worldwide distribution. Sunstein is a foul fart: would we prefer the rigidities of his hierarchical academia? Where’s the democracy there?

    Comment by charlie finch — March 24, 2009 @ 6:01 pm | Reply

  3. Yes the mobmind is particularly acute in the left. More conservatives read HuffPost, Koskids, the WaPo, and NYTimes than leftists read Pajamas Media or Powerlineblog. We may not want to but we absolutely have to.

    But when have leftists ever been interested in conservative opinion? When they read it the cognitive dissonance drives them berserk.

    You’ve done some heavy lifting again Ron. You deserve another cold one. It will help the headache—for now.

    Comment by aloysiusmiller — March 25, 2009 @ 4:41 am | Reply

  4. Given the venom found on the internet, it’s not far fetched to think of the time when words trigger action. Europe is tragically familiar with political violence. Human nature what it is, why should we think we’re any better?

    Comment by Banjo — March 25, 2009 @ 6:05 am | Reply

  5. Cass Sunstein is seen as something of a crank among mainstream legal scholars and attorneys. At best he’s a radical, having expressed the view that animals should be able to be plaintiffs in lawsuits against hunters, and it’s not encouraging that he’s going to Washington. I’d take everything he says with a huge grain of salt.

    I doubt many minds are going to be changed through interaction on the internet. At best, we can try to be civil and not mock people for their views; a standard for which you continually fail.

    Comment by Rob — March 25, 2009 @ 12:15 pm | Reply

  6. It sure is an interesting thought.

    How do you tell people who don’t want to hear conflicting ideas that they’re limiting themselves mentally?

    Sure isn’t easy. Every once and a while I’ll find myself in such a rut, sure is jarring to get a reasonable opposing view.

    But you’ve gotta go looking for those other ideas, and as a few commentators above have said, its not an ideology specific problem.

    Peace all. 🙂

    Comment by e — March 25, 2009 @ 5:25 pm | Reply

  7. Hey Ron let me know when the conservative jerks here and elsewhere start up a Fire Ron Rosenbaum site like the left has done with Mickey Kaus. You know, the guy who leans right who rights for the lefty There is no comparison between the venom of the left vs. that on the right… get your own house in order before bashing all of us.

    Comment by bryan — March 25, 2009 @ 9:10 pm | Reply

  8. The certainties of the pious left/ Leave my doubting heart bereft/ The vicious ignorance of the right/ Awakes by beating heart at night/ My heart lies aching from the riddle/ Of the wishy washy middle/ But let my heart leap forth and ride/ With those who still reside outside!

    Comment by charlie finch — March 28, 2009 @ 2:23 pm | Reply

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