I was surfing around some of my favorite blogs for something to post about, and there were a couple of interesting posts, none of which I am going to link to. Rather, I am going to muse for a few minutes about the pernicious effect of democracy on blogging.
I am frankly amazed at the number of blogs by otherwise intelligent and interesting people who have become increasely shrill and predictable as we come closer and closer to the election. Of course there are some interesting blogs that are more or less always shrill when they stray beyond a certain core area. However, even blogs that I generally find interesting for their political discussion have become just awful. Since Kristine and my mom have rebuked me for writing mean posts, please notice the absence of any links. (Except, of course, to one blog. BTW, I have a theory about him.)
Democracy, I suppose, is a necessary evil and when I stop thinking about it in terms of self-government or meaningful discussion and realize instead that it is simply the equivalent of WWF for the better educated, I get a bit less depressed. I am, however, looking forward to the blessed day when the ballots will have been counted, the courts will have decided the election, one side can announce the end-of-civilization-as-we-know-it for a couple of weeks and we can get back to normal. It is becoming increasingly difficult, however, to have any conversations in which one is not immediately transformed into a character in someone elses ideological morality play. Certainly, blogging will be the better for it.