de=red&id=2699">Steve Smith at February 16, 2003 11:54 AM

In the blog world, he's a gnat, but he's also getting major media coverage for his book, so he's certainly worth critiquing.

Posted by: Henry Hanks at February 18, 2003 06:37 PM

"But it's a political blog, a blog of opinion. What on earth is wrong with only permalinking to likeminded blogs?" Nothing, if your goal is to minimize having your views and assumptions and arguments challenged. Nothing, if you don't believe that having your ideas challenged strengthens them, and introduces you to a wider range of ideas new to you. Nothing, if you believe that more important than the virtue of a thought is is source, and what narrow ideological pigeonhole it official represents.

No, nothing at all.

I've been meaning to blog about this issue, from Alterman's policy, to a remark Jaralyn Merritt made on TalkLeft in which she glanced at someone's webpage, and dismissed what they said on the basis of that quick, solitary, look, and her conclusions based on who the person had on their blogroll.

But tonight's not the night to write about it, as I'd simply rant incoherently about how stupid and destructive a way I think that to go about politics and thinking about politics, and how this sort of thinking at the heart of a great illness in our polity.

But, I do hope to get to a semi-coherent version of that rant Real Soon Now.

Personally, I blogroll far more people I often disagree with (and sometimes am repelled by) than people I constantly agree with (there are rather few of those, actually, though Matt is one of them). Because I find predictable statements that I agree with generally offering me no new thought; I'd rather read something I hadn't thought of about why I may be wrong. I'd rather read the perspectives of people who think differently than I do.

Else what the hell is the point of human communication? Nothing but comfort and assurance that one is right, right, right, and can stop thinking now? All answers are in, and history has ended?

No thank you. No thank you.

Posted by: Gary Farber at February 18, 2003 08:23 PM
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