This will probably depress you (I know it does me), but please think back six years ago to when the Republican fascists stole the year 2000 Presidential election. Remember, we were all in shock and many of us turned to the media to find out what was happening.
Well, the "media" then consisted of Rupert Murdoch-like propaganda machines like Fox Snooze, and boy did they ever shove us deeper into the pit of despair. Eventually, to survive we simply stopped watching television.
Then . . .
After a year or so, liberal/progressive internet sites began to appear and we clung to them like life lines of hope. Also, these wonderful sites gave us the chance to communicate with each other and we discovered that Fox Snooze anchors and "Clear Channel" (that absurd contradiction in terms) news sources were run by people who had sold their journalistic souls to Democracy hating criminals.
In short, we realized that American "journalists" had become an extinct species and the American media was now the Judas media -- rather like French Nazi collaborators during WW2.
A few newspapers and television anchors were the exceptions that proved the rule (and how we respected them), but basically we jumped ship from the Judas media to liberal/progressive internet sites.
Ok, but that was then and now is now. The fascist collaborators still dominate the traditional media, but the difference is "who need 'em"? Certainly it's win/win for America if we get our unofficial "4th branch of government back", i.e., American journalism, but in the meantime, thank you very much, we are doing quite well. Our news is now internet fresh (instantaneous, really), and the American liberal/progressive community is now VERY connected, VERY organized, and VERY infuriated.
In short, a social revolution took place in our country when it came to news dissemination and massively networked communication.
Of course, another way to say this is thank God for the internet!
But that's only part of the picture, since the rest is the above mentioned liberal/progressive internet sites which you can take to the bank are NOT GOING TO GO AWAY.
And so long as these sites are vital and burgeoning, the dem/liberal/moderate consciousness will keep Washington and Congress under a microscope.
We aren't "academic" anymore. We are now probably the number one force field in American politics and arguably that's chiefly because of these fabulous internet sites.
The world knows that George Bush (to say it kindly) is "intellectually challenged", but that generalizes to the Republican Party in general. In spite of their magazine jabber, they utterly dropped the ball when it came to recognizing the limitless importance of the internet in the early 3rd millennia.
Well, fortunately liberals (whatever else you may say about us) are rarely stupid and we DIDN'T drop the 3rd millennia internet ball. Au contraire (look it up, George), we seized the moment and are running with it.
God knows, we still have our work cut out for us, but we should enter into it with the confidence that we live in a different intellectual universe from these Republican goons and we're so far ahead of them when it comes to internet politics that they will NEVER catch up.
And in the 3rd millennia, whosoever has the internet on their side is going to fly like an eagle.
An AMERICAN eagle, perhaps.
W. Christopher Epler