There was a great piece this morning on the Freakonomics blog by author Stephen Dunbar about the power of blogs. His final quote is this: "The biggest takeaway for me was this: the blogosphere is real in a way that none of us, journalists or economists or parents or cops, could have imagined a few years ago."
The power of the blogosphere became very evident for me last week. It didn't take long for a little opinion piece about destroying a retail block of Troost to build an electrical substation before there were a lot of folks from KCP&L paying attention. I know Mark Forsythe has been contacted many times on topics that he's discussed over at his blog...and Mark and I even jokingly had an "off the record" conversation just yesterday. And I know my traffic pales in comparison to Dunbar's (after all, I haven't written a fabulous book).
As newspapers continue to cut staffing, and work harder at rushing to print press releases faster than the bloggers vs actually researching and reporting on subjects, will further enhance blogs as an important way that people get information...and in some cases, the only way people can find out about certain subject.
I discussed this some last month, but am further and further amazed by the difference some well-educated and written people can have -- and that power is likely to become greater in influencing political and public opinion.