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The flypaper theory

Orlando Sentinel columnist Kathleen Parker denounces America's new enemies--bloggers:
It is this latter -- our new enemies -- that interests me most. I don't mean al-Qaida or Osama bin Laden, but the less visible, insidious enemies of decency, humanity and civility -- the angry offspring of narcissism's quickie marriage to instant gratification.

There's something frankly creepy about the explosion we now call the Blogosphere -- the big-bang "electroniverse" where recently wired squatters set up new camps each day. As I write, the number of "blogs" (Web logs) and "bloggers" (those who blog) is estimated at between 50 million and 60 million worldwide.
[...]
Each time I wander into blogdom, I'm reminded of the savage children stranded on an island in William Golding's Lord of the Flies. Without adult supervision, they organize themselves into rival tribes, learn to hunt and kill, and eventually become murderous barbarians in the absence of a civilizing structure.
It's still the holiday season, so we'll be sports and give Parker the attention she craves.
Look, everybody, Parker's trashing the blogs!

[Think Progress; Posted by Lindsay Beyerstein]

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