Just a heads-up to those who are interested...
Today I heard from a friend who is writing for a local political blog called Rochester Turning. Admittedly, I'm not a technophile by any means, but this kind of site, a group blog, was something new to me. Because the blog has so many writers, it's updated constantly - much more often than a single-person blog. The blog is about local politics in the upstate-NY area. Essentially, it seems to me that they are using the weblog technology to create, at very low cost, a burgeoning news site that bypasses the conventional media. Some of their press is here.
It's also interesting to see how intensely the writers have thrown themselves into the work. These are professionals and busy people. But many of the posts say things like, "...I'm here at the convention with X and Y...", and, "...I took a long lunch to hear the speech by Z..." This is not armchair stuff. These people are putting some significant hours into learning their landscape, as a way of doing something to take back this country.
I'm glad to see it. And I'm wondering what more I myself can do. We have left this sort of work to the worst of us for too long.