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22 December 2005
Bloggers Invade Next-Gen
Check out The Year in Media by Kyle Orland of VGMWatch and Politics at the Fore in 2005 by Dennis McCauley of Game Politics. Along with my own Gaffes 2005 bit, Next Generation has been letting some videogame bloggers headline this past week.

I don't claim to understand why Next Generation would give bloggers this kind of space, but I like it. Perhaps we're just easy marks, since we'll be writing our stuff anyway.

Veering off tangentially, it's probably no secret to anyone who talks with me more than five minutes that I read a lot of blogs. Most of what I read has nothing to do with videogames but with American politics. Reading all the time has led me to form an idea of what good bloggers do: practice being an informed, thoughtful citizen.

That is, you read, you understand, you form your own ideas, and then you tell others your take on it all. By doing so, you take part in the public discourse that's essential in politics. (Or, if you're cynical, this discourse is essential to making citizens feel they're included in the political process, whether they are or not.)

We've seen the American political structure begin to absorb political blogs, traditionally made of outsiders. Perhaps Next Generation is doing something similar by giving room for voices from the outside?
--Matt Matthews at 14:45
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I don't claim to understand why Next Generation would give bloggers this kind of space, but I like it. Perhaps we're just easy marks, since we'll be writing our stuff anyway.

Hrm. Holiday, need copy, normal writers on break... Start figuring out how to get paid for next year's fill-in today! ;^)

By Blogger rufbo, at 22 December, 2005 17:28  

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