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This entry, while it mentions politics, is not about politics. I’m not particularly political, in any case. What I am is something of a politics junkie.
And, as a politics junkie who works in technology, one thing I’ve noticed is that conservative groups (magazines and political orgs), in general have been a bit faster on the technology uptake than the other political varieties.
Case in point: National Review has made the transition to mostly electronic form, and has done so in a measured and reasonable fashion.
They’ve had a weblog for quite some time. They call it the corner, and it’s a refreshingly impromptu sort of place. In addition to the occasional shilling for their print magazine (charmingly referred to as “National Review On Dead Tree” or “NRODT”) and some rather standard conservative fare (including a number of dismayingly dense discussions about why it’s hard for Republicans to win California elections), it’s contained a number of links to political debates going on around the net, hosted any number of fairly obscure discussion threads, and sports the occasional bizarre non-sequitur (yesterday, for example, it was the engimatic one line entry: “I went to high school with the dwarf king of Mordor. He was a good dude.” I read the corner fairly often, and I have no idea where that came from).
In addition, yesterday they started offering National Review Magazine Online. That is, you can now buy the entire print magazine, offered as a PDF file, for a substantial discount over NRODT.
And they’ve introduced it well. Here’s an example from one of the articles heralding the new version of their magazine.
When I first came to work at NRODT we still used manual typewriters (Royal Standards). Great machines, but time has gathered them to the passenger pigeon and the Great Auk. Join National Review in the next phase of journalism in its digital incarnation.
The point is: National Review is open to technology, and they’re moving (whether they realize it or not) to an all-electronic presence.
And they’re not alone. Their political compadres are all doing this too. The right wing gets the web in a way that the left simply doesn’t (as far as I can tell).
And what I’m wondering is: why?
Name a left-wing publication or organization that really gets the web?