When the history of blogging is written, The Daily Kos will certainly be recognized as the blogfather of many. His offspring are not only striking out on thier own, but they epitomize the rapid growth of high quality, diverse and innovative sites that are not only changing the blogoshere, but politics and culture. Recently a number of veteran kossacks, (as they call themselves), have developed their own group blogs with distinctive identities and progressive purposes. Some of these go back a few months, one is new last week, and one is new last night.
Here is a brief round-up of kosspring worth checking out.
Liberal Street Fighter is a feisty bunch — who are in the middle of a promising-looking site redesign, so they might prefer you wait to visit until Friday. Faithforward: Progressive Christianity, Progressive Politics has been home to some of the most interesting and humorous writing about politics and religion on the internet.
The Next Hurrah started a few weeks ago, featuring several former Daily Kos front pagers who write with great clarity and force about politics, public policy, and whatever is on their minds. It also sports a design that facilitates easy reading.
A week or so ago, something completely different suddenly appeared: The Booman Tribune. Like The Daily Kos, it features lots of diaries and lengthy comment trails. Unlike its blogfather, the Trib is promoting a culture of not taking itself too seriously — even when writing about matters of the utmost seriousness. Booman may be onto something. (He has also appointed an equal number of women and men as his front pagers.)
Finally, last night, just after midnight, Tom Tech, (aka Tom Davis), launched BringVisibility.net. Concerned about what he considers to be distinctly fascist trends in American politics, he made a point of launching the site on the 86th anniversary of the birth of fascism in Mussolini’s Italy. In his announcement on The Daily Kos, he wrote that he sees the new site as “a place for organizers and others to announce events,” both local and national; and for writers, including “the quiet voices” to “highlight their work.” On BringVisibility itself, he writes:
“Welcome to what I hope will revolutionize activism in America… The goal of this site is to provide the tools for action.
Bloggers will be able to submit their columns so others can recommend them for everyone else.
Organizers will be able to submit their events so people can find out about events in their areas.
Readers will be able to submit events in their areas where others can affect the political process.
The site will send out personalized e-mails informing members where they be effective locally, or nationally. These E-mails will inform them where they can find out information on issues that interest them.
The site will use a vast list of user preferences to limit the size and content of the E-mails sent to ensure readers will not be overwhelmed… “
I have never seen anything like it. Is it too iconoclastic, too breathtakingly ambitious and unconnected to established groups to catch on? Or is a brilliant idea that in a few months, activists and journalists will be wondering how they ever did without it? I have no idea.