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    I think I see more what you mean.

    I guess I think more of Kos as an upstart. Yes, he has influence but I think the blogs as a whole have influence --- of course, i also think each of us as individuals have influence, whether we realize it or not.

    And I think I'm also considering it very much from the angle of what's going on here in terms of small producers vs factory farmers. Tyson et al are esp. apt examples --- they're throwing their weight around Oklahoma, in part to protect their monopoly, but also to stop some lawsuits against them dead in the tracks (the state of Okl and some other entities are suing Tyson and the state of Arkansas for polluting our groundwater and rivers with chicken poop).

    But right down the road from me is a turkey farm which raises heritages and has become somewhat famous --- they were even featured on Martha Stewart. ! Seriously.

    Yet they're suffering just as much at the hands of the govt and Tyson.

    To me, Kos is ~ to the heritage turkey farmer, and the bulk of our small producers ~ to the blogs as a whole. A desirable phenomenon which many people know about and want, but lacking supermarket level visibility (think FOX as ~ to Tyson or Hormel, easily available to everyone, in contrast to the small producers who are much more difficult to seek out and find).

    I'm not against regulation, mind you. I am against undue influence in establishing regulations, esp. when it looks like an attempt to shut down the upstarts.

    But we'll see where this goes. I'm not a media lawyer and I'm still pretty fuzzy on the details here.

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