Some interesting postings from Volokh amd Yglesias on the politics of the Blogpsphere. Here are some interesting thoughts from Yglesias that are worth thinking about-
Eugene Volokh makes the good point that there's precious little evidence for the oft-reported claim that the blogosphere leans right. As I well recall from my early days, this was definitely the case at one time, but it really hasn't been for some time.I think the reason for that what passes for the conservative wing of the Blogopshere, at least in the top 100, tends to be secular and libertarian. A quick look at top of NZ Bear's ecosystem shows but two evangelical bloggers, Tacitus at #59 (I'll take Ben's word that he's an Augustinian Wonder Boy) and Susanna Cornett of Cut on the Bias, and she sneaks in at #98. . Yours truly is a modest #445.
I would also add that for a variety of reasons, the most prominent right-of-center blogs tend to be less rightwing than their left-of-center counterparts are leftwing. Another way of saying this is that the blogosphere-right is largely composed of pro-war libertarians, or maybe you want to call them socially-moderate conservatives, or whatever. People like Glenn Reynolds and Andrew Sullivan and Eugene Volokh all of whom have views on gays, abortion, and so forth that would disqualify them from, say, the Republican presidential nomination.
The liberal blogosphere, by contrast, is much closer to the prevailing Democratic Party orthodoxy, or at least it seems to be.
One of Yglesias commenters thought that it was the lack of intellectualism that cause the theocons to be underprepresented. I'm not the only one with a terminal degree; try a couple of law degrees, or a Ph.D. in Physics. Throw in a couple of law school students, a college dropout who left because he was too good a writer, computer expertsand Conan the Librarian.
No, what I think does makes evangelicals (and conservative Catholics who are in this camp as well) a lesser player is that the more we talk about religious matters, the less secular folks stop by. Libertarian sites share a common culture with liberals and also share a distaste for a less-permissive conservative morality. For the most part, the more successful evangelical/conservative Catholic bloggers focus more on non-theological topics.
Good blogging comes from the heart, and evangelicals heart's are going to be more focused on God; that's going to drive some secular folks away. Not only are we not focusing as much on popular culture as libertarians would (and when we do, it will often be in a critical fashion), we're talking about stuff that is outside of the sphere of the unchurched.
Does that mean that we should be less theological and talk about other stuff so that the more secular folks head our way? For some of us, possibly. However, I'm going to keep talking about what pulls my chatty-ring, and God pulls it a lot.