We are here, why? Try explaining the pajamahadeen to a 78 year old who served during the second war and grew up in the great depression. You have to put it in simple words.
Stones Cry Out: linked from Hewitt offers an interesting view of a bloggers motivations. So I thought I would offer mine.
We are enabled by technology to offer our thoughts to the world. I used to vaguely know a guy who published a newspaper. It failed and he went through enormous amounts of money . Yet I have a wider reach and someone is hosting this for free (for now). I write with a "global" readership. (at least 3 countries).
I followed the unfolding Rather intriguing forgery as it unfolded and what was truly instructive to me was how far off the pace and biased the print media in New Zealand truly is. The CBS piece aired on Wednesday 8 September. I picked up the doubt on the Thursday and following the birth of the pajamahadeen on the Friday and into Saturday. By Sunday it was all over. The evidence, presented, challenged, proven. But the NZ Herald had not even mentioned it. On Monday 13th they managed to get one overseas opinion article to suggest
"But within 24 hours the documents were being challenged - raising suspicions that CBS had fallen victim to a hoax by Bush supporters to discredit critics of the President's military record. " That says it all really.
If you are a non blog reader reliant on a local newspaper, you are entirely reliant on their version of the truth. One that twists and distorts to the point where it is a lie. 5 Days later on the 18th, after CBS had finally admitted the piece was wrong, the Herald finally (after stars had been born, flamed, super novaed and dwarved) printed a well written analysis of what happened.
The blogger is there because nobody in this world can be really believed. Not the religious kooks who would have us believe in 72 virgins, nor the believers in the same god who would have your salvation guaranteed if you would just send a cheque. Truth is not the Naomi Kleins and Michael Moores who have made jumping to conclusions from half formed factoids and an entertaining writing style into a massively profitable enterprise. Those of a different political persuasion rant about the lies and conspiracy theories they raise but ask yourself this question.
Have these two and their latter imitators seen a higher truth.
Are they self aware or really self absorbed? If they are self absorbed they really believe it. But if they are self aware, truth is not the issue, the making of profit from the exaggeration and conspiracy theorising is the issue. NO LOGO is the best marketing analysis I have ever read. But if it was just a marketing book it would get no airtime. Repackage it as a moral fight against the corporates or the bushes and suddenly it takes on a whole new value in the eyes of the credulous masses, ready to pick up on any crumb of relief that the system is stacked against them. Moore is a failed student, but he raises himself (in the eyes of the credulous) to the same level as GW Bush by making the most outrageous accusations. The "censoring" of Farkenheck911 being only the most recent example.
We in the blogosphere are not "trusted" to present a truth. There are so many sources and so many "truths".
No Master, We are but Filters. There is so much data in this world that we may only hope to point people on the right path where they will find their truth.