Thursday, August 24, 2006

About that poll...

The poll at right will be closing on Sunday. So get your votes in now.

Interestingly, my plea for more Democrats seems to have backfired, as the gap between them and Republicans has only widened. Which raises the question: what do Republicans get out of a blog written a tree-hugging, granola-eating, peace-loving, tax-and-spend liberal? If the answer is something along the lines of "to see what the opposition is saying," then why read Republican-written blogs?

Most of the blogs and opinion pieces I read are by conservatives; I tend to learn more from them than I do from liberal writers, and on top of that, I don't really understand the impulse to seek continued affirmation of one's beliefs, which seems to be the case in much of the blogosphere.

1 comment:

mary smith said...

It looks like republicans are heavily engaged, interested, prompting discussions, they're more active. This goes back to what I said earlier about strong opinions prompting fact-finding. Hearing both sides of an issue is informative.

I remember when my (then)elementary aged child was participating in a group activity in which the children were asked to declare their party affiliation (as part of a larger teaching experience). An unintended result of this activity was the children's reactions. The republican children were very outspoken, and had to be quieted, while the self-described democratic children where meek and quiet about their affiliation.

The blogs and poll seem to reflect similar levels of intensity for adults.