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July 27, 2005

Michael Kinsley Needs Some Directions

Michael Kinsley is lost in cyberspace, and seems to visit only the bad neighborhoods.

He writes:

Cybercreeps Run Amok: Well, have you visited cyberspace lately? Of course you have. And of course the Internet has vastly improved life for anyone likely to be reading this. But as a friendly place to hang out, give me meatspace any day. There is commerce aplenty, but that's not the problem. The happiest and most peaceful parts of the World Wide Web are the places where people are buying things. The nasty parts of the Web are where people are doing what the Founding Surfers intended: expressing themselves and forming communities. Why is the tone of conversation on the Internet, especially about politics, so much lower than in the material world?...

The simple answer is that it isn't. Here are three places on the internet he might visit where the tone of conversation is at least as high as anyplace I have seen in the material or the conventional journalistic world--certainly much higher than the tone wherever various Kinsley proteges (think: Kaus, Krauthammer, Sullivan) hang out:

  1. http://www.tpmcafe.com/
  2. http://nielsenhayden.com/making_light/
  3. http://www.marginalrevolution.com/

Other suggestions?

Posted by DeLong at July 27, 2005 10:43 AM