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5/16/2005 12:47:00 AM | Timothy

Trustee Elections and blogs
This Weekley Standard article praises the role of blogs who helped elect the Trustee petitioner candidates. That seems like blog triumphialism, but it is as credible as most claims about blog's role in causing a particular action. What I disagree with is the analysis of blogs who were anti-petitioner candidates:
Yet almost overnight, blogs sprang up to denounce them. Concerned alums--including such groups as "Alumni for a Strong Dartmouth" and "Dartmouth Alumni for Social Change"--zinged Robinson and Zywicki for their "reactionary" politics and criticism of Dartmouth president James Wright.
No blogs "sprang up" "almost overnight" to denounce the petitioner candidates. All dartmouth blogs that I know of who heavily criticized the petitioner candidates existed before the election. Perhaps I am wrong, but I thought the little green blog predated and had other interests besides the Trustee election. FreeDartmouth was started years ago. So can anyone name a single blog that sprouted up almost overnight to oppose the petitioner candidates? I do not think so. The article does not. Interesting, The Standard article only mentioned "Alumni for a Strong Dartmouth" and "Dartmouth Alumni for Social Change," groups (correct me if I'm wrong) that operated more through traditional websites and emails, rather than blogs. (Maybe that's why they didn't defeat the petitioner candidates!)



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