John Fund, of The Wall Street Journal and author of Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy wrote an insightful article today regarding the growing influence of the blogosphere and its effects on the November elections. I think it meshes nicely with my concept of the blogosphere as being a type of Open Source Media. Fund’s comments echo my own thoughts regarding the blogosphere, mainly that this new OSM can become more influential and interactive with the mainstream and new medias and can serve as a “watchdog for the watchdog:”
South Dakota Republicans decided that the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, which dominates the state’s media since it’s the only paper with a statewide circulation, was hopelessly biased in favor of Mr. Daschle. “The ability to use the Internet to circumvent concentrated media power became a 21st-century updating of 19th-century Dakota populism,” says John Lauck, a history professor at the University of South Dakota who was allied with Mr. Thune. Mr. Lauck and several of his friends collaborated on blogs that constantly reminded voters of contradictions between Mr. Daschle’s voting record and his statements in South Dakota, as well as the Argus Leader’s refusal to acknowledge them.
Thanks to Opinionjournal.com for publishing my response to Fund’s insightful article.