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A blogger council?
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Ann Althouse notes that Eric Alterman thinks it would be a good idea (or was he joking? Ann's really not sure) to have a "blogging council" to "condemn people" who go off whatever I assume the "council" would arbitrarily define as the "blogging reservation". This was an apparent reaction to a discussion about la affair Marcotte. Says Alterman:
"I think it would be valuable if we had... uh... I mean, there's some sense where blogs correct themselves if you read enough of them, but I still I think it would be good if we had some sort of you know blogging — you know — council, where we could condemn people. Sort of... responsible body. You could still blog if you want. Nobody's going to stop you. But we're going to... everybody's gonna know that you're not to be trusted... unless you can sort of apologize or answer for yourself."
Why is it that the first response of many is some sort of arbitrary hierarchy to "regulate" what, to this point, has pretty well regulated itself? It's not like Marcotte got away with anything or wasn't 'condemned' for heaven sake.

And who would get to decide what is acceptable and what isn't? The council? By what means? What would constitute an 'offense' worthy of 'condemnation'? Why would their condemnation carry more weight than condemnation aimed at offending blogs by other blogs now?

I've seen the blogosphere defined as 'the wild west' and 'a frontier'. As I see it, it has mostly validated F.A. Hayek's theory of spontaneous order. With the speed of instant communication, it's pretty well policed itself to this point.

The last thing it needs is a layer of bureaucracy aimed at condemning others for unnamed offenses. No chance of abuse there, is there?
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So, Alterman wants to control the ’sphere?

Gee, guess which way such a council would lean. Dare I say it... a ’fairness doctrine’ for blogs?

Written By: Bithead
URL: http://

The great Seraphic Lords and Cherubim
In close recess and secret conclave sat
A thousand Demy-Gods on golden seats,
Frequent and full. After short silence then
And summons read, the great consult began.
Sounds good. Where do I sign up?
Written By: Dave Schuler
Ah yes, the PC Police.
Written By: notherbob2
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I think it is a GREAT idea...I propose at least one (1) citizen member that has no direct connection to a ’blog...#AHEM# such as ME! Of yes, I can see a WHOLE LOT OF TOADYING after I get on the Council....Dale Franks’ll change his tune on the 5.56 mm round or QandO is in the Deep Kimchee!

Dudes, what’s NOT to like about a Blogging Council?

One question, let’s say that the White Council of the Wise finds QandO to be in league with Sauron....then what? We make your ISP pull the ’blog? I mean what punishment attaches to being a sinner?
Written By: Joe
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Well, I guess you won’t be getting a seat on the Supreme Blogger’s Council, McQ/Paul. You’re just a big "Labeler" anyway, so it’s just as well. [/sarcasm]
Written By: MichaelW
Interesting, the tie in to the more recent post about David Gregory. These seem part and parcel of each other.

Written By: Bithead
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paraphrased "These blog things are eroding our base of unqualified support. We must control them somehow."
But we’re going to... everybody’s gonna know that you’re not to be trusted... unless you can sort of apologize or answer for yourself.
If the basis of trust is to be "being able to apologize and answer for yourself" then where does that leave TV, newspaper, and radio??

Some people can’t leave well-enough alone.
Written By: Keith_Indy
"A blogger council?"
LOL. This will provide me amusement for days. Herding cats is one of the images that immediately comes to mind.

"I propose at least one (1) citizen member that has no direct connection to a ’blog...#AHEM# such as ME!"

No! Me! I will pay good money to attend those council meetings.

" We must control them somehow."

Shouldn’t that be "Ve must kontrol zem somehow"?

Written By: timactual
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"I propose at least one (1) citizen member that has no direct connection to a ’blog...#AHEM# such as ME!"
No! Me! I will pay good money to attend those council meetings.
No ME, look Tim, I can extort more money than YOU can so I will able to PAY more for the privilege (Simply because I more rapacious)....but let’s not fight. I will designate you as my Proxie for 10-33% of the meetings, the exact amount TBD after negotiation. Really there is enough swag and clout to go around.
Written By: Joe
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Cool! Speaking of swag, what about the popcorn and soda concessions? And Lomatil, Pepto Bismal, etc?
Written By: timactual
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simple Tim, you, Looker and I split the concessions OR hire one of our cousins to run them for a percentage cut to us....or we have the cousin set up a charitable foundation that hires our partners, offspring and the like as high-paying directors or consultants. There’s a myriad ways that this can work to our advantage.
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