The more "it stuck in my craw" I wanted to know exactly what I had heard. You can find the discussion at http://www.wbez.org/audio_library/od_rajun05.asp
under Odyssey—June 9, 2005 - The Blogosphere.
I really started paying attention after the following comment around the 31 minute mark: "it is generally the well educated people that both have more things that are really credible to say and also are articulate enough to be able to say it".
Just before that he mentioned how white male diversity was actually wider than that between the average male and woman. Yeah - okay. I hope I misunderstood what he meant, but somehow I don't think so.
Thank goodness for the Henry Farrell who balanced out the discussion.
Henry spoke about how there does seem to be a wider array of opinions available in the blogosphere, though it is still a bit narrow. "If you compare prominent political bloggers to say the Op-Ed page of the Washington Post or the New York Times by and large I think you get a much more combinative points of view and also a variety of points of view on the left and the right that you don't get in mainstream media. But, that said, there are a lot of different view points out there which I think are which unrepresented. You see a lot of complaint in particular from woman bloggers that in certain circumstance the political blogosphere tends to be a bit of an old boys' club in which a bunch of primarily guys have won prominence and that they tend to link directly to male bloggers to some extent in preference to female bloggers."
White males rule!
Before I forget: I was just listening (still listening in fact) to an NPR discussion about blogging and right after they suggested blogging seems to affect what is seen/heard in the media and mentioning that the majority of bloggers are educated white males some guy named Eugene dismissed this importance indicating that really there is a wide variety between educated white males. Now really - let me guess - Eugene is a white male. I've always considered myself pretty mainstream, more conservative perhaps than liberal, more of an independent - my opinions affected not by any one political affiliation. Anyhow, I found myself disgusted by his attitude/comments. As I was beginning to be offended, he made some comment about the educated being more articulate and better prepared to discuss issues. (So obviously these are the only opinions we should hear.) All I could think of is - what a jackass.