And History Repeats Itself Again

To say that Barlow has evidence about his thesis of the concept of blogs would be an understatement. Chapter after chapter has consistently shown that the concept of “blogs” has been around since the time we first became a country. In chapter five, Barlow talks about “Partisan Press” which coincidently is the kind of press that blogs emulate in today’s society. He discusses the election between Jackson, Clay, Adams, and Crawford back in 1824 and how much of Jackson’s campaign came from partisan press. Interestingly enough, much of what happened in that election correlates to the 2000 election between Bush and Gore. Partisan press is a “party run” type of press that expresses their political views in newspapers. The most critical person in establishing this type of writing was Frances Preston Blair who was an editor in Washington D.C. during the 1820’s. Barlow touches on a comment from Tocqueville that really describes the influence Blair had; he said that U.S. newspapers were in every town which could sway people from reading works of vast opinions. He also mentions that this allows for a controlling power to profit from these works, and that it would be harder for a skilled editor to rise above since everyone is writing. The reason for Barlow to place this random comment in the book is because if you replace the word “newspapers” with “blogs”, the comment still pertains. Partisan press is just another way to reimagine blogs in the 1820’s and provides the readers with another piece to the puzzle of where blogs originated. #ActWrtMedia17



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