Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Two More (Plus Two More)

The current elephant in the liberal blogosphere's living room is attracting more notice after all, although its acknowledgement still doesn't begin to equal the amount of pixels given over to mocking Ann Althouse for obsessing about Jessica's boobs almost as much as liberal blogs obsess over the wingnutosphere. [Once more with feeling: It's not news when a right-winger says something stupid and anti-feminist, and therefore not worth paying attention to. It is worth noting when a photo bound to be plastered all over the internet features an all-white gathering of movers and shakers.] MB Williams calls race in the blogosphere "our own 'don't ask, don't tell' policy and advises people blogging solely about race to diversify their subject matter if they want to attract wider audiences to keep posting their expertise at "niche" issues to which others fail to pay attention (hope I got it right this time, MB!). As a blogger who doesn't write about only one subject I can still appreciate the appeal of specialization, even though it tends to pigeonhole. And Chris Clarke demonstrates why spelling and grammar flames are the last refuge of trolls as he dissects Ferguson's attack on Liza Sabater.

Also, Kai follows up on his earlier post about the great perceptual divide evidenced in the liberal blogosphere, and Terrance proposes forming a bloggers of color alliance as a way to move forward on the subject of diversity.

Meanwhile, did anyone who watched Jane Hamsher on Keith Olbermann's show last night note whether she even mentioned questions of race in discussing "how the Clinton campaign is allying itself with bloggers to get its message out" during the monochromatic schmooze? (Update: Pam watched, and she reports that the topic never came up.)