. . . Monday December 6, 2004

I Advocate Therefore I Am

It’s funny. Over the past year, there has been so much concern that blogs are biased because they are often written by advocates. I used to get emails from people complaining that I was injecting too much of my opinion in my postings. Of course, blogs are generally opinionated (as are most op-ed pieces), so the criticism seemed pretty ridiculous.

It’s also pretty ridiculous that we are focused on bias in blogs when entire publications have been founded with the key goal of shifting public opinion. And if newspapers aren’t enough, watch out for movies, television shows and radio broadcasts. When you’re looking for a way to get your message out, there is often no better way than to own a publication or other content delivery tool.

You still might be getting informed and/or entertained. But unlike blogs and other clearly identified opinion pieces, you may not always find any clear label that what you’re consuming is bought and paid for by an advocacy group. Sometimes it pays to examine the source.

Of course, that’s just my opinion.

Concentration is important!