The “serious” blogosphere has become infested by lefty kids, and to survive, it needs adult supervision.
The theoretically attractive Digg mechanism has been subverted:
The idea behind an ostensibly non-partisan site like Digg.com is that people submit links to interesting things, and other people rate the links, so that interesting stuff gets more votes and rises to the top.
But at Digg, this utopian web fantasy has turned into rule by kids.
Case in point, our post today about the ACLU’s newest attempt to get Islamist spokesman Tariq Ramadan into the US: Digg – ACLU: US Can’t Bar Terrorism Supporters.
As soon as this post was “made popular” (received enough votes to get listed on the front page), leftist Digg readers swarmed all over it, clicking the “bury” button like busy little progressive beavers. They also voted against almost every supporting comment, so that they disappeared from the list.
A review of the comments reveals the censors are lefty kids, perhaps illustrating the maxim that anyone who isn’t a socialist in their college days has no heart. But the effect is that using Digg is the equivalent to trying to conduct a serious political debate while surrounded by self-obsessed teenagers.
YouTube has been similarly subverted (the lefty Google management doesn’t help either). It’s taken down political comment that’s normal in the MSM, for example here and here, while promoting fascist propaganda, for example here.
So the blogosphere suffers from its strengths – it’s free (so you can’t keep kids out with subscription fees), and its open to every idiot with access to a PC.
There is an answer – alternatives to YouTube, Digg etc with adult supervision. That doesn’t come free, but without it, political discourse is ruled by the uneducated mob.