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13.7.04

Same Old Nader

I wonder whether the discussion over Ralph Nader's candidacy has ever convinced anyone of anything. Discussions of Bush and Kerry have traversed a great swath of policy and strategy terrain. But I've yet to see more than a tiny handful posts on Nader that's not a rehash of the same "a vote for Nader is a vote for Bush" or "stay true to your principles" lines that we heard in 2000. And yet people continue to post it with this sort of earnestness, as if someone will read it and say "hey, I never thought of it that way before!"

On the other hand, the state of Nader discourse bolsters my theory that blogging isn't about convincing anyone, it's just about venting to an audience.

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