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  •  I am only now learning more about you, (4.00)
    Kos, so I find the details interesting.

    I do wonder about comparing us to a "noise machine."  

    David Brock described the workings and product--noise-- of the Republican media machine in 2004; his book came out about the time when DailyKos and other blogs began to raise eyebrows nationally.

    The Republican Noise Machine makes noise because noise disrupts discourse; it has the aim of "overturning. . .the First Amendment, which posits that good information will drive out bad information given diversity in the marketplace of ideas," as Brock notes--and as we have understood long before he saw the light, and wrote his book.

    We are the Democratic Sound Machine, presenting sound, reality-based political policy after honest debate. (Well, maybe my version is a bit too disco-y).

    Hence my quibble--we do not make noise. We think, and we listen to each other in a new form of Public Square for citizens to engage in real political discussions.  

    I bring this up because I noticed "noise machine" is part of the name of a panel in the upcoming conference, and I hope the phrase does not stick to us in its present form.

    Novus Ordo Seclorum. Since 1776.

    by Ignacio Magaloni on Fri Dec 23, 2005 at 12:36:13 AM PST

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