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Drinking Their Own Bathwater

Hugh Hewitt thinks that being a cybercampaign has made the Deaniacs too insular, insulating them from reality.

The nuttiest 1 percent of the American electorate is going to number around 1 million voters. Gather those people in one place, let them talk to each other and cheer each other on, and they are going to begin to assume that their 1 percent is much more numerous than it is, much more powerful, much more authentic than the 99 percent not at the rally.

This appears to be happening among the Deaniacs. They believe themselves to be far more numerous than they are, and to think that their self-referential assurances of virtue and victory carry weight beyond their chat rooms.

Someone over at Free Republic commented that the Dean campaign is just "one extended flash mob." I think that's a good characterization.

Posted by Rand Simberg at December 20, 2003 02:45 PM
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Fortunately unlike Dean or Hewitt, you have a better variety of readers here to keep you "real". ;-)

Posted by Karl Hallowell at December 22, 2003 04:13 AM

Speaking of a variety of readers. Is there any way to get an RSS feed that only covers the space related posts here?

Posted by AndrewS at December 22, 2003 08:01 AM

Not right now, as that would require me to categorize posts, something I don't currently do.

Posted by Rand Simberg at December 22, 2003 08:35 AM

Right on! The inhabitants of any self-erected intellectual ghetto usually have great ego-gratification because since they all hype each other, they don't need to be all that clever in their arguments. I've seen this in many different intellectual arenas, and I smell the same aromas among Deaniacs -- some of whom I am very closely related to by blood. In contrast, in Simbergworld, there are no walls, and all sorts of creepy-crawly things come and go, keeping our intellectual immune system fully alert.

Posted by JimO at December 22, 2003 02:17 PM

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