One predictable but unsettling result of the blogging revolution is the revival of the kind of agitprop writing that I thought went out of style with the demise of Khrushchev and Mao and Radio Moscow.
I write one and I read dozens of blogs every day, but I have to tell you: there's a certain kind of commentary – whether it be a blog or a talk show diatribe - I immediately dismiss as propagandistic drivel, and it usually has to do with language.
Let me give you some examples of words meant to incite, inflame and evade real discussion and debate.
Political seasons do not always bring out the best in our political system. The impulse to draw sharp distinctions to win elections exacerbates differences but fails to provide sufficient content to inform voters. When elections are combined with high unemployment, rising foreclosures, and increasing economic desperation, the voices of some become shrill and the voices of the vast majority are weary and often mute. But this year's posturing, acrimony, and ill will seems to have hit a new peak.