That is, they cover the world.
In line with that, let me put two columns together (sort of a mashup).
First we have Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus complaining about bloggers who don’t like Joe Lieberman:
While Lamont and the bloggers who back him devote their energy to
defeating Lieberman, Connecticut has three competitive House races
where Democratic challengers have a chance of beating Republican
incumbents and helping take back the House. Wouldn’t those be a more
productive way for Democrats unhappy about Bush and the war to channel
We’ll pass for a moment on how Marcus is, in effect, telling Goldwater Republicans to support Jacob Javits. What’s most wrong here is the assumption that "the bloggers" are a unitary "movement," with "leaders" who tell all the other "bloggers" what to do. Markos Moulitsas is the poster child here, but he’s not a blogger — he runs a Community Network Service (Scoop). To call Moulitsas a blogger is to call Slashdot a blog.
Then we have Doc Searls, writing about a completely different topic, TPFKATA or The People Formerly Known As The Audience:
First, I don’t think of my readers as an "audience", or as a "community". They are readers,
and some of them communicate with me. Most of them communicate with
others, sometimes through their blogs. There is zero sense of "mass"
about any of it, nor a sense of alone-ness there.
if there is a "there", it’s the category of publishing we call the
blogosphere. Yes, communities do arise within it. Some are stronger
than others. At Bloggercon a couple weeks back I was impressed by the
very real sense of community among the organizers and participants in BlogHer.
And I deal every day with development communities through my work as an
editor for Linux Journal. I have even become involved in some, such as
the development communities involved in moving Independent Identity forward, These communities are very real, and also very productive, in constructive ways.
That is, unless you don’t consider technological progress constructive.
Doc and I are both attacking the same thing. TPFKATA are also TPFKATV
(The People Formerly Known As The Voters). The idea of absolute top-down control
in any area — entertainment, business, technology, politics — is simply
non-optimal. Technology has enabled us all to be participants, in any way we wish to be, as well as audience.
All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women on it really players.
You can react to this fact in many ways. You can try to take advantage of it. You can try to fight it. You can just go with it.
But one thing you should no longer do is deny it. This is the new
reality, this is what must be understood. Your place on the stage must
be continually earned, and continually shared if you’re to earn your
This is true for newspaper columnists, for entertainers, for bloggers,
for all of us. And it is, in fact, a very good thing indeed. Because we
are all, sometimes, the audience. And we all want to be, sometimes, on
the stage. And we all deserve to be, sometimes. We should contribute
where we want, earn from that what we can, and collaborate instead of
Get your arms around that, and you’ve gotten your arms around something very big indeed.