I haven’t really written about politics lately. I’ve been pretty bored by it, I must say. It’s not that I don’t care, but it seems like everyone is talking about the same thing, saying the same thing. The issues I really care about I feel powerless to change: peak oil, for example.
Since I’m sick and have plenty of time on my hands, I decided to open up the much-neglected “Politically-Leaning Blogs” folder. I had nearly 1000 unread posts in there. The thing is, many of them repeat themselves; whenever one of them writes about a topic, many of them write the same thing. This seems to be a simultaneous occurance; most of the poltical bloggers are reading the same sources and react similarly to the issues. So, I tend to find bloggers whose writing I like and if they post on political issues (like Bitch, Ph.D.), I’ll likely read that and follow any relevant links. It’s not that there isn’t some good writing and information to be found out there, but that it’s just not doing anything for me. I’m liking The Oil Drum right now because they give me information about a topic I care about that I couldn’t find anywhere else.
A couple of weeks ago, I was thinking about this little blog community I have here and how insular it is–which is a good thing, I think–but I also thought that perhaps the best political action would be to go comment on a blog whose content I disagree with. I have looked for one, but haven’t found one yet. Delagar, whose blog I really like, pulls in content from sources she disagrees with. The thing is, I don’t want some Rush Limaugh type who’s just spouting stuff, but someone who seems earnest, but might be misinformed or might just think differently than me and have reasons for their positions. It’d be an interesting exercise.