Blogs and the Narrative

BLOGS AND THE NARRATIVE….Jay Rosen, complaining yesterday about pervasive horserace campaign coverage from the mainstream media pack, says in passing:

Independent bloggers, who should have more distance from the pack mind (and often do) were not necessarily better on this score.

Rosen was talking specifically about some of the breathless coverage of Hillaryland prior to the New Hampshire primary, but his verdict is also true more generally, isn’t it? Of the three basic types of campaign coverage — horserace/process stories; “outrage of the day” hyperventilating; and actual policy coverage — I’d peg the blogosphere’s overall percentages at about 40/50/10. That’s probably better than Chris Matthews, but not that much better.

I’m not really complaining here. We are what we are, and in many ways blogs deconstruct what’s going on better and more honestly than the mainstream talking heads. Still and all, we’ve ended up pretty narrative driven ourselves, haven’t we?