Mick ‘Slugger O’Toole‘ Fealty declared yesterday that ‘bloggers have won’ the argument with the commentariat, opinion formers who exert their influence through newspaper columns.
Well, maybe in some parts of the world, but there’s scant evidence that battle has even been joined in the Republic.
Here, the Old Media (and that includes me) trundles on, mostly oblivious to most of what’s going on in the minuscule online community.
Meanwhile, even the most mediocre national columnists have a potential audience of 75,000 to 250,000 for everything they write. Bloggers can only dream of numbers like those.
Then again, where would an audience for a mass market blog go?
There’s Slugger, but if you’re outside the six counties, maybe one post in twenty is relevant, and even there most of the comment is from northerners, and about as well informed on southern issues as Gerry Adams’ is on the economy.
Politicsdotie? Improving, but mostly, newspaper clippings followed by noise.
Let battle commence.