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cbertsch
cbertsch
I Need Your Help!
I've started blogging at an internet news start-up called All Voices, which is one of the more promising attempts to blur the line between traditional media and user-generated content. I want All Voices to succeed. And I want my own contributions to be acknowledged and appreciated. To that end, I'll be posting periodic entries letting you know that I've published something there. While not quite a popularity contest, the way All Voices is set up makes it important to show evidence of positive feedback from readers. So, if you read what I've posted there and like it, please do give me the figurative "thumbs up" and, if you're so inclined, comment.

My plan is to write two or three All Voices entries a week, with the longer term goal of compiling some of them together into a book that tackles the political landscape in the United States from a cultural perspective, focusing more specifically on the peculiar blend of patriotism and hostility towards government that has dominated American society since the Reagan Revolution. For now, though, I just want to get into a writing groove, since it has been a while since I wrote regularly about politics.

My first entry reflected on the way in which Jerry Brown's 1992 campaign for the Democratic Presidential nomination prefigured Barack Obama's rise in 2008. And the one I just posted today muses on the deeper implications of the American media's extensive coverage of Russia's turn back towards authoritarianism. Given the nature of this sort of blogging, my entries will represent speculative exercises more than fully fleshed out positions. But I hope to have them build on each other as I write my way towards a more concrete map for my book.

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elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: March 4th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Exciting! Do keep posting links here--I think it's the best way to ensure your loyal readership here follows you to other places where you'll be writing. At least, it's the best way for me until I get into the habit of checking All Voices.
kdotdammit From: kdotdammit Date: March 4th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I agree. You should definitely post links to things you publish elsewhere.
From: babyiwasshot Date: March 4th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
a book that tackles the political landscape in the United States from a cultural perspective, focusing more specifically on the peculiar blend of patriotism and hostility towards government that has dominated American society since the Reagan Revolution

Before acknowledging your accomplishments, be sure to give ME props for the interpretive strategy:

**"Overall, I think that what is throwing me off has something to do with the way in which the old definitions of Democrat and Republican have been--in my opinion--muddled over the course of the last 20 years. Before Reagan, Christianity and religion were typically associated with the DEMOCRATIC party (e.g. Jimmy Carter the baptist; J.F.K. the catholic; etc.), but the neo-cons somehow hijacked religion and turned it into a REPUBLICAN tenet in order to recruit more voters."

**"Part of ongoing research on how the american POLITICAL landscape is reflected in art/culture

....shit, why aren't we just collaborating on this thing?
art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: March 5th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Jerry Brown's 1992 campaign for the Democratic Presidential nomination prefigured Barack Obama's rise in 2008. Wow, that sounds interesting. I'll have to check it out tomorrow.
yourbestfiend From: yourbestfiend Date: March 5th, 2008 01:13 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
cool, I am into it --

what's the best RSS feed to subscribe to? I want to put you guys in my feed reader. and tell them to start tumblr accounts! :)
oyster_shells From: oyster_shells Date: March 8th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
CB,
I thought you may find this interesting in light of this new project of yours. There is something here that I think could be written about at much greater depth.

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/journal/feature.html?id=181229

good luck with this project!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 8th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Very cool. Thanks for the tip.

Any word from schools?
oyster_shells From: oyster_shells Date: March 8th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
A no from Hopkins -- that's all so far.
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