Given the growing prevalence, especially among >25 year-olds, of amateur media/journalism in the form of blogs, podcasts, myspace, video webcasts (You Tube, iTunes etc), Live Journal etc etc etc it seems likely that many of our future political power-brokers currently maintain blogs (or something akin).
The political climate is inarguably contentious with every nook of public servants’ lives open for analysis and ridicule. Consider all the mileage that Rove, Moore, Novak, Stewart, Coulter, Carville etc reap from an errant sound bite or ancient article. Now consider our future Moore/Coulters armed with an insensitive blog post written by Candidate X about, say, the Holocaust. Or a Democrat who appeared anti-affirmative action in a podcast. Or a Supreme Court nominee appearing in a lurid webcast.
Certainly our current cast of characters have acknowledged skeletons in their closets (Byrd, Pres. Bush to name a few) but it seems to me something altogether different to have an actual [potentially offensive] article written by someone, or video of them involved in some embarrassing act.
Will we be forced to lower our [totally unrealistic] standards? Will it engender greater harmony in the form of showing the public that, yes, Yalies are knuckleheads when they’re 18, too? Or will it just fuel the acrimony?