Too Insider

I started this in the morning but was out all day… a comment on bloggers becomming too “insider” for new readers to understand.

At Eschaton this morning, Atrios has this:


Sunday’s Meet the Press “roundtable:

David Broder, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Robert Novak and William Safire

…All anyone ever needs to know about David Broder is that he actually said this:

He came in here and he trashed the place, and it’s not his place.

That’s the whole post. This is terribly blogger-centric and insider. I would bet that only a small fraction of his readers understand what he was trying to say.

Compare this to Josh at Talking Points Memo writing about the same show:

“Of the four panelists, one is the profoundly middle-of-the-road David Broder, a paragon of Washington’s establishment assumptions. For the sake of discussion, let’s call him balanced or neutral.

Two of the other four are Bill Safire and Bob Novak, two of the most prominent and conservative columnists in the country.

Finally, you have Doris Kearns Goodwin. In her personal views, it’s probably fair to call her a liberal. But, as you might say, she doesn’t play one on TV. She goes in for high-minded commentary, which is fine in itself but makes her little balance for Safire and Novak.

There’s your balance. Two against one — and the one has one arm tied, voluntarily, behind her back.”

Atrios, you have new readers at your blog — especially today! They aren’t “in the know” but they are interested and want to explore this online phenomenon. Bring them in, don’t scare them away.