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Thursday, March 9, 2006
Congressmen Reading Blogs
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 10:13 am

Right Wing News has a list of blogs read by nine members of Congress. Interesting to see, and falls in line with my main point in my Wal*Mart PR post from the other day.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 3:09 pm

I am getting around to cleaning up my Blogroll, which made me think to point out that if you don’t have a blogroll, you should get one, and if you have a blogroll, then please Blogroll Me!

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Tuesday, March 7, 2006
Bloggers and the MSM
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 10:33 am

There is something rather disingenuous about the following NYT piece: Wal-Mart Enlists Bloggers in P.R. Campaign.

What I find problematic is that it suggests that the print and broadcast media never, ever use press releases to write their stories and that they always and forevermore release all information regarding the influences that have gone into their work.

This is, of course, absurd.

The real story here, it seems to me, isn’t the disclosure habits of bloggers, but the overall fact that an actor the size of Wal*Mart sees blogging as a legitimate and worthwhile vehicle for information dissemination (and, yes, spin). Indeed, I myself have noted the degree to which members of Congress saw the blogosphere as a place to fight part of the House Majority Leader battle and publishers and filmmakers are increasingly using blogs to get their products seen by the public.

That’s the real story here, not some bloggers, *gasp* linked to some stories in the same order that some Wal*Mart rep e-mailed them to him.

I would agree that clear disclosure makes a great deal of sense, and some of the practices described in the piece are sloppy and not the way I would have handled it.

Still, the NYT seem more interested in trying to use the piece to slap down the amateurish bloggers than to get to the heart of the real story, which is the evolution of blogging, the pending death of which has been highly exaggerated.

On a personal note, I would point out that James Joyner, a blogger who has written on the Wal*Mart situation, and has received information from the sources cited in the NYT piece has long held the views he has espoused on on his blog, and at TCS, on this topic. Having known him well before either us knew what a blog was (and having had ample opportunity to discuss Wal*Mart, as we both lived in a small town at the time), I can attest to the fact that whatever tips he has received has hardly colored his views.

Indeed, like is often the case with interest groups and members of congress, smart lobbyists seek out those already sympathetic to their views, rather than trying to flip someone opposed to them.

Speaking of James, he has a lengthy round of reaction to the NYT piece Wal-Mart Enlists Bloggers in Its Public Relations Campaign » Outside The Beltway | OTB“>here.

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Friday, March 3, 2006
BlogAds Annual Survey
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 7:52 am

Please go take the BlogAds annual survey-and note that PoliBlog sent you on question #23 (


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Thursday, March 2, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 1:54 pm

A belated congratulations to Jay and Deb on the arrival of their new daughter!

Indeed, if you go to the main page and scroll down one will see numerous baby pics.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Blogs v. Opinion Magazines
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 1:13 pm

Bloggers frequently like to view themselves as the eventual replacement for the MSM, a notion which is, of course, absurd for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that most of what the blogosphere comments upon is information gleaned from MSM sources.

However, while that might be the apt line of thinking, James Joyner ask a salient question: Do Opinion Magazines Still Matter in the Age of Blogs? He has some noteworthy numbers as well.

Indeed, this reminds me of a comment made at the panel on blogging I was part of in January at the Southern Political Science Association meeting, where one of the panelists likened one of the motivations of academic bloggers to blog was to function in as a public intellectual along the lines of elite opinion magazines, like NR and TNR.

That struck me at the time as being an appropriate comparison, at least after a fashion, and James’ post reinforces the notion.

In fact, in some ways blogging is clearly replacing the elite opinion magazine: which gets read more, the various NR based blogs and blog-like online columns or the articles in the Dead Tree version? I don’t know, but I have a guess. Certainly I read Kevin Drum’s blog far far more than I read Washington Monthly-indeed, it is quite telling that WM’s main web page is Kevin’s blog. Heck, were it not for CalPundit, I would rarely, if ever, go to the WM’s web page.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Lunchbreak Quizzness II
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 12:36 pm

The question on everyone’s mind: Are You Normal?

My Normalcy Quotient is: 56 out of 100.

This makes me a Wonderful Eccentric:

You’ve earned the title of wonderful eccentric, and while you’re not a wild, gun slinging maverick, you certainly like to follow your own way. Of course, you probably don’t think of yourself as eccentric. As Einstein might say, “It’s all relative.”

I certainly rarely think of myself as “normal”…

(And I am sure that my Political Theory class thought I wasn’t normal when I tossed everyone out who didn’t have the readings for class yesterday…)

h/t: The Quirky Jan Cooper

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Lunchbreak Quizzness I
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 12:30 pm

I’m a Mandarin!

You’re an intellectual, and you’ve worked hard to get where you are now. You’re a strong believer in education, and you think many of the world’s problems could be solved if people were more informed and more rational. You have no tolerance for sloppy or lazy thinking. It frustrates you when people who are ignorant or dishonest rise to positions of power. You believe that people can make a difference in the world, and you’re determined to try.

Talent: 44%
Lifer: 37%
Mandarin: 74%

Take the Talent, Lifer, or Mandarin quiz.

h/t: Fellow Mandarin: Steve Bainbridge.

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Saturday, February 18, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 8:34 am

Sometime this morning my sitemeter busted the 800,000 mark.

My thanks to all my readers over the last three years and three days!


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Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Fun with Quizzes
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 1:35 pm


You scored as Babylon 5 (Babylon 5). The universe is erupting into war and your government picks the wrong side. How much worse could things get? It doesn’t matter, because no matter what you have your friends and you’ll do the right thing. In the end that will be all that matters. Now if only the Psi Cops would leave you alone.

Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)


Serenity (Firefly)


Moya (Farscape)


SG-1 (Stargate)


Enterprise D (Star Trek)


Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)


FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)


Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)


Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)


Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)


Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)


Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)


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Three Years
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 6:11 am

Well, three years, 9,129 posts and 798,470ish sitemeter hits ago I started PoliBlog (back at ye olde Blog*Spot).

My thanks to all who continue to spot by.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Other Live Blogging
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 8:57 pm

Two others watching and blogging:

Ann Althouse

Betsy Newmark

Otherwise, I haven’t seen much else (not that I have looked too far and wide, but a sample of my blogroll only gives me those two).

I would have gotten up by now, but getting up means doing the dishes.

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Congrats to OTB
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 3:51 pm

James has been at it for three years now (and quite successfully, I might add).

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Thursday, January 26, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 2:12 pm

Explaining Google Searches.

h/t: Lawyers, Guns and Money.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Blogging at Work
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 11:23 am

Scott Gosnell at A Knight’s Blog and Pros and Cons find himself in an interesting position regarding a new blogging policy at his firm. The details are here.

Generically it raises a question that has come up before in the Blogosphere: does blogging during the “business day” constitute lack of productivity? Certainly, it could, but surely it is a question of volume, amongst other things. One guesses that the typical office worker spends more time gabbing with co-workers, getting coffee, etc. than most bloggers do blogging on a given day.

Granted, it would depend on one’s job and a variety of other variables. Scott himself notes what he sees as the benefit of blogging to his professional life.

One would think that in a law office, the question would be the level of billable hours produced by the given lawyer, not the exact number of minutes spend “working” from 8:00am-5:30pm.

In regards to this topic, I have noted the blog-work relationship in academia in several places, including here and here.

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