Ordinarily I don’t mention when I un-roll another blog, but I thought I should go into why I’m not following Pandagon any more.
The warning signs came a few months ago when Amanda was still pushing for Edwards. At one point in an entry, she was dispensing advice on how to affect primaries so Edwards would have a stronger showing — overall a good idea, but her presentation was something along the lines of, “Here’s what you should do.” In context, that should felt considerably more like an order than a suggestion, and it rubbed wrong.
Additionally, the commenters on Pandagon often seem to have extremely low tolerance for those who don’t line up precisely with their views, which is ironic in any population that styles itself liberal.
Finally, though, she linked — with favorable comment — to an article from the Village Voice that starts out by launching lowbrow and narrow-minded (as well as humorless) critiques at another blog which, frankly, I value much more highly than hers. I didn’t read past the first page. Willingness to appreciate diversity in voices matters, and she seems to have lost sight of that fact.
If the liberal front is beginning to lose its sense of humor — something that almost always happens whenever a subgroup begins to take itself too seriously, begins to get a little taste of power — I promise you that in a decade it will look precisely like the conservative front does now: Angry, out of touch, and foaming with rage when things don’t go precisely as desired.
Life is too short to waste on that kind of anger.
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