To see beyond their own little world and get a sense of what's really going on, journalists and readers need to get out of their pajamas.
First, a confession: I hate blogs. I'm also addicted to them. Hours dissolve into nothing when I suit up and dematerialize into the political blogosphere, first visiting one of the larger, nearer online opinion diaries talkingpointsmemo.com, andrewsullivan.com, kausfiles.com then beaming myself outward along rays of pixelated light to dozens of satellites and lesser stars, Calpundit, InstaPundit, OxBlog, each one radiant with links to other galaxies online newspapers and magazines with deep, deep archives, think-tank websites, hundred-page electronic reports in PDF until I'm light-years from the point of departure and can rescue myself only by summoning the will to disconnect from the whole artificial universe. With a jolt, I land in front of my computer. Before long I'll venture forth again to see what's new out there because the blogosphere changes from instant to instant.
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