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BLOGUMENTARY VENTURES INTO THE CONSERVATIVE BLOGOSPHERE

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Saturday morning I'll be interviewing John Hinderaker and his partner-in-blog Scott Johnson. They're 2/3 of the prominent conservative blog, Power Line. They're not exactly typical conservative bloggers. Both are Harvard-educated lawyers who established themselves as commentators long before blogs came on the scene.

John Hinderaker said, "So I assume your politics don't really play into this then?" I explained that much like a blog, Blogumentary reflects my own views which are decidedly left-of-the-dial politically. I sensed some hesitation from him. I knew what he was thinking: "Is this guy going to pull a Michael Moore on me?" I reassured him that I'm no Michael Moore, and I'm not out to make anyone look bad. Conservative blogs represent a huge chunk of the blogosphere, and I would be remiss not to include them and their perspective. I'm fortunate (err, as a blog filmmaker) to live in a state chock full of prominent right-wing blogs: The Northern Alliance of Blogs.

Wish me luck.

UPDATE #1: After in inappropriate (but funny) comment, I turned comments off. I turned them back on, but please be respectful. The most important thing a documentary filmmaker has is access to people who grant interviews, and they trust we'll not purposefully make them look dumb.

UPDATE #2:
Power Line: Coming Soon to Theaters Near You
Captain's Quarters: Blogenheit 551?
Fraters Libertas: A Fine Line Between Clever And Stupid
Shot In The Dark: News Flash: There Are Conservative Bloggers in MN
Frozen Toaster: Definitely Not Fair

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    Comments

    They're not exactly typical conservative bloggers. Both are Harvard-educated lawyers who established themselves as commentators long before blogs came on the scene.

    Why the surprise that conservative bloggers and blog readers would be educated?

    Posted by: Kevin at Jun 23, 2004 10:27:53 AM

    Perhaps a list of conservative bloggers could be made along with their educational resume. Then we could find out if a sterotype reflects reality, or is due to an ideological bias.

    Posted by: Al at Jun 23, 2004 11:54:25 AM

    John Hinderaker told me himself they're not typical conservative webloggers, being older and having established themselves as conservative commentators in print long before blogs.

    Who said I was surprised conservative bloggers would be educated? Geez. Being educated is quite different than being a Harvard-educated lawyer. Being a Harvard-educated lawyer isn't typical of *any* blogger, regardless of "ideological bias."

    But if you want to do an informal survey of conservative bloggers' education, be my guest.

    Posted by: Chuck at Jun 23, 2004 12:59:03 PM

    Chuck (if I have the right name), I really think you should come down to the studio on Saturday. The Northern Alliance Radio Network is really the first of its kind anywhere.

    The only disappointment is that I'm not going to be in the studio this weekend...

    Posted by: mitch at Jun 23, 2004 1:34:22 PM

    Understanding that the 'non-typical' phrase comes from the interviewed rather than the interviewer does change everything.

    My only point about comparing the educational resume of conservative bloggers goes to a general interest in stereotyping in general. I'd read a book once where someone studied a bunch of conventional sterotypes and found a good majority actually reflected reality. He then went on to hypothesize that holding sterotypes was, perhaps, an evolutionary adaptive advantage hardwired into human nature.

    But the thing also of interest was that the inaccurate stereotypes widely held had a common attribute: these were stereotypical views that re-enforced either political or religious beliefs.

    PS: those inaccurate sterotypes of a political nature were pretty equally distributed across the political spectrum.

    PPS: Now I'm off to google the title of the damn book since I can't remember the name to leave it here!

    Posted by: Al at Jun 23, 2004 1:39:54 PM

    Hey Mitch! You know you're responsible for this whole thing... I found you from the whole Plain Layne saga, and from there (re)discovered the Northern Alliance.

    I would love to come down to the studio. Although it would be cool if you were there, so maybe another time? Shoot me an email, chuck -at- blogumentary.org (i didn't see your email address published.)

    Posted by: Chuck at Jun 23, 2004 1:42:16 PM

    Al -- good points. I think bloggers in general do have the stereotype of being white, male, and educated actually. And speaking of stereotypes, Fraters libertas writes:

    We welcome this chance for wider exposure of the right wing of the blogosphere. It's about time that the hoary stereotype of conservatives as wealthy, powerful, elitist, stuff- shirted, middle aged, white men in business suits is laid to rest once and for all.

    Ummm...Guys? You might want to loosen up your ties for this one.

    I would hope they're not wearing suits on a Saturday morning in the backyard. But if they want to play it up, I would suggest cigars, monacles, guns and a golf cart. ;-)

    Posted by: Chuck at Jun 23, 2004 1:58:10 PM