Doing this blog, believe it or not, is a very trying exercise.
It is inevitable that those who have an opinion will be excoriated by those with whom they disagree.
Current and former local bloggers have all attested to this fact.
Rarely is this tendency more pronounced than when a blogger ventures into the political realm – especially on a local level.
I doubt that anyone would engage in such a venture unless they had some very profound convictions. That is why, out of respect for their courage to espouse their views, I include in my blog list others whose opinions are diametrically opposed to my own.
Simultaneously we confront the challenge of losing the acquaintance of those who claimed to be our ‘friends” when we disagree with their opinions or even go so far as to expose their documented hypocrisy.
In many ways today’s bloggers represent the spirit embodied in the revolutionary pamphleteers whose writings lit the fire of the American Revolution.
But, unlike those earlier rabble-rousers, current independent commentators are subject to a society immersed in the desire to litigate. Also, they are attempting to provide a forum for those so intimidated by local authorities that they can only find expression through anonymity.
As a result, it has become commonplace to denigrate “the bloggers” as an irresponsible class of Cheetoh-munching, pajama-clad, unemployed miscreants living in their mother’s basement and living off the dole.
In the meantime it has become eminently clear that the mainstream media, right-wing, left-wing or middle-of-the-bird, are captives of monolithic financial interests.
Some, if not most of we “bloggers” do this out of an ethical conviction.
But, unfortunately, there are those who, in disagreeing with the information that is being disseminated, attempt to blame the “blogger” and thereby discredit them. It is even more pathetic when the “blogger” has refrained from expressing an opinion, but merely made available factual information on a controversial issue. The following is a recent exchange from an earlier post, “The Jacobson Decision versus Southbridge Schools”.