According to the US publishers of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the most frequently searched word on their online site this year has been “blog”… It’s interesting to note that in an election year, five of the other nine words were political terms (eg “electoral”, “sovereignty”). “Cicada” probably earned its ranking due to a plague of the pesky beasts in the North-East. I’m not so sure why there was so much interest in “defenestration”. It’s an excellent word, and one of my favourites. Maybe a sign of the economic times?
This post could now take off in two directions. One might be for me to talk about how spiffy words are, and how much I want an etymological dictionary for Christmas. (Last year I got a hardback Bartlett’s Quotations, a necessary reference for the discerning blogger.) But I’ve got that sorted – my flatmate’s getting me one.
So, let’s take another tack. Reuters spins this story with the claim that:
Americans called up blogs in droves for information and laughs ahead of the November 2 presidential election. Freed from the constraints that govern traditional print and broadcast news organisations, blogs spread gossip while also serving as an outlet for people increasingly disenchanted with mainstream media.
What do Troppo readers think? To what degree do blogs represent a source of news or commentary on politics for you? Did you follow the Australian election on blogs? If so, which blogs did you frequently visit, and why? Why do you like reading blogs? How much time a day do you spend reading blogs? Why do you like commenting on blogs? What’s your favourite Australian political blog, and why?