Politics of the Internet
The Examiner has an interview with Glenn Reynolds that, oddly, does not actually mention his name.
Reynolds makes an interesting observation in response to the “Netroots” phenomenon.
The left felt that the Democratic Party was weak on organization and grassroots activism, and in the pockets of the small number of big donors from whom it gets most of its money. So they put together a grassroots activism and fundraising machine. On the right, the concern was with media bias, partisanship and dishonesty, so you saw a network of alternative news and opinion sources, which played a pretty important role in the 2004 election.
I think that’s right. Chris Bowers and others have long touted the communitarian nature of the Left Blogosphere in contrast with the top-down model of the Right Blogosphere. The different goals and concerns of each are likely the most powerful explanation for that contrast, although different personality types are more likely to be “conservative” vice “liberal.”