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Tuesday, January 13, 2004

 

Life imitates blogs http://www.boston.com/news/politics/president/dean/articles/2004/01/11/heathers_against_howard/

posted by Aziz P. at Tuesday, January 13, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Are political blogs relevant? It's a question I intend to explore in a series of posts - and we already have some empirical data. Staff writer Joshua Glenn of the Boston Globe noticed our Heathers fracas a few weeks ago:

WHEN A REGULAR at Dean Nation, the oldest and most popular Howard Dean weblog, complained recently about Dean-bashing by liberal pundits Joshua Micah Marshall, Matthew Yglesias, and George Stephanopoulos, among others, he caused the digital equivalent of a firestorm by concluding, "All you Heathers, get out of town." Yglesias, writing on his own blog, claimed to welcome the moniker. But many Democrats online claim that the "Deaniacs" have gone too far this time.


As Matt points out today, he didn't exactly "welcome" the moniker - and points to his absolutely first-rate work in lambasting the real media Heathers over at Tapped every week.

Still, it's intriguing to think that the affair reached the notice of the Globe. Keep an eye out for Joshua Glenn, he's clearly got an eye on the blogsphere, which can only be a good thing. Any journalist can effortlessly get on my good side by praising Dean Nation, of course, so perhaps I'm a tad biased.


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Nation-Building was founded by Aziz Poonawalla in August 2002 under the name Dean Nation. Dean Nation was the very first weblog devoted to a presidential candidate, Howard Dean, and became the vanguard of the Dean netroot phenomenon, raising over $40,000 for the Dean campaign, pioneering the use of Meetup, and enjoying the attention of the campaign itself, with Joe Trippi a regular reader (and sometime commentor). Howard Dean himself even left a comment once. Dean Nation was a group weblog effort and counts among its alumni many of the progressive blogsphere's leading talent including Jerome Armstrong, Matthew Yglesias, and Ezra Klein. After the election in 2004, the blog refocused onto the theme of "purple politics", formally changing its name to Nation-Building in June 2006. The primary focus of the blog is on articulating purple-state policy at home and pragmatic liberal interventionism abroad.