Saturday, August 07, 2004

With great power comes great responsibility

Any idiot can start a blog. I'm proof positive of this. The danger inherent in this freedom is that because most blogs aren't edited, pretty much any piece of information--no matter how ridiculous or false it might be--is available for public consumption.

Since most blogs languish in obscurity, this is generally not too much of a concern. Most bloggers never hit the big time because of the vast number of blogs, and also because the blogosphere controls traffic. If there isn't anything special about a blog , no one will link to it, and word of mouth will not spread.

The more popular bloggers--Glenn Reynolds, Mickey Kaus, Josh Marshall and Andrew Sullivan to name a handful--have a special responsibility. If a blog is mentioned on one of their sites, hit count will skyrocket and its information will flood into the blogosphere. After a while, it has the potential to leak into the mainstream media and eventually the public.

This week, I believe that Reynolds and Kaus shirked their responsibilities, linking to a Republican blog known as soxblog which suggested John Kerry isn't too bright. His logic is essentially this: John Kerry went to Boston College Law School. He didn't go to Harvard. If he could have gone to Harvard, he would have. So Harvard must have rejected him because his grades weren't good enough. And furthermore, considering Kerry's connections, his inability to get into Harvard must make him really stupid.

(Yes, I suppose I'm contributing to the problem, but I'm pretty confident my readership is so small that it won't make much of a difference.)

Someone (yes, Dad, that's you) taught me that there are things you know, things you don't know and things you think you know. There could be a million reasons that explain John Kerry's decision to attend BC. And maybe lack of intelligence is one of them. But at this point, given the incredible lack of information, it's pure speculation.

Reynolds and Kaus fueled this, and that's inexcusable.


At 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Washington Post ran a good two-parter on Kerry's life a few weeks ago.

From the first (or maybe the second part, I can't remember):"The law became Kerry's Plan B. The Yale graduate wanted to return there to law school but could not because his wife, Julia, was expecting a baby. His next choice was Harvard, then Boston University, but he applied too late. Boston College offered the opposite of Yale's theoretical approach -- it was famous as a training ground for politicians -- but BC had an opening, and Kerry took it."


At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why doesn't Kerry just release his transcripts and nip this foolish thing in the bud? Unless...

At 7:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unless . . . "Anonymous" is John Kerry! OMG!

Your secret is safe with me.


At 8:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That seals it for me, I'm not voting for him.


At 2:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the soxblog link you posted:

"His efforts were probably so weak, they could even be described as sub-Bushian."

Sub-Bushian - that's hilarious! He does raise the interesting issue of Kerry's academic record. Is Kerry "sub-Bushian", or is he simply a poor planner who couldn't coordinate or comply with the admission requirements of Harvard? Either way, as I've stated before, because of this revelation, I'm not voting for him!


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