Free Media, Conservative Media, and Quality (or Lack of It)
Social media didn’t start with Facebook; the network of blogs that rose to prominence after 9/11/2001 predates it. For many of us, the September 11 terror attacks became a red pill moment when we realized that what we’d been told about the world and our place in it was less accurate than anyone let on. (Prior to the rise of the blogosphere, Livejournal was the blogging platform of choice, typically the province of angst-ridden teenage diarists.) Once political blogging took off, particularly during the run up to Gulf War 2, everyone with an opinion and an internet connection had access to a soapbox in the public square. Free to publish, free to read, blogging helped build the idea that everything online should be free.
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