My objective in talking to law students and law professors about blogging is to persuade some of them to begin, and to begin in a specific way. There’s a chapter in the new book on the impact of blogging on the two major parties which makes the argument that blogging has been very good for the GOP and very bad for the Dems.
When I made this argument the first time –at Hillsdale College in the fall (get your free subscription to Imprimis here)– the president of Hillsdale, Larry Arnn, told me afterwards that he thought I was arguing for rectitude in blogging.
I will leave it to President Aristotle, John Mark Reynolds, Evangelical Outpost, MarkDRoberts or some other fine philosopher/theologian bloggers to explain what is, and how bloggers might practice rectitude. In a transparent world in an era of bitter partisanship and deadly enemies, though, it is a necessity, and not just for bloggers.
On a closely related subject: Joe Carter’s essay on the Domenech smash-up is the best thing written on the matter, and though the left will dine out on Ben’s troubles for years, I appreciate Ben’s apology and suggest if CBS, Mary Mapes, Jayson Blair or any of a hundred journalists who had screwed up had used such an approach, their troubles would have been much less intenese and prolonged.
Memo to the WaPo: Joe Carter or Soxblog or Jonathan Last or all exactly what you need and what you were looking for. Papers thinking about adding necessary center-right voices to their number should consider asking the center-right for their opinion on the matter.