Saturday, June 7, 2008

The Next Netroots

A panel on netroots at the NCMR today talks about what happens if people supported by the netroots actually get into office. They talked about how the role will shift from watchdog to accountability. There's no doubt the netroots has done a great job of shifting to the debate. As Duncan Black, "the godfather of the netroots" as Cenk Uygur from The Young Turks dubbed him noted about how far we've come, the political debate used to "Range from The New Republic on the left [laughter] to the Free Republic on the right."

The favorite subject of big-media bashing turned up. Baratunde Thurston of Jack and Jill Politics and an Obama supporter noted that the talking heads were "dangerously unqualified to talk" and that "cable news is a terrible place for an idea." Additionally, Gina Cooper of Netroots Nation acknowledged the homogeneous nature of the convention, then known as Yearly Kos. (It's a claim that Jane Hamsher at Firedoglake has spent some time disputing.) She thought that now bloggers will begin to have to address some of its own internal problems.

Cross posted.

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