It seems that Blogging Tories has run into a glitch, the agitator hasn't been updated for over a day. It's frustrating because I go there first to see what's been happening. So, one day without any updates, and I found that people were going back to some of my old posts and adding comments. It's like they were forced to go back and consider an issue. So, why are blogs winning?
I think blogs are winning because they give everyone a fair opportunity to respond to a post. My most successful posts are not ones quoting from a newspaper story, they are the ones that comment on an issue that touches all of us in our everyday lives. Newspapers can't do that. Blogs can focus on one issue and hammer their point home. Newspapers can't do that.
Blogs are free to read, and free to comment on. You don't need to email an editor, and then hope they publish your point of view. With a blog your comment can be published instantaneously. Blogs have no overhead, they pay no one wages, they have no capital investments like buildings, to worry about.
Blogs are winning because they allow the average Canadian a voice. Anyone with a computer can have a blog. Newspapers can't do that.
Blogs are not going to disappear anytime soon, they serve a purpose that newspapers can't, they give a voice to everyday Canadians about everyday issues. Newspapers can't do that.