By John Valentine
President of the Utah Senate
Back in the stone age (2005) we built The Senate Site to communicate and to engage the public a little better. Stumbling into a thriving, neighborly Utah blog community was a nice surprise. I think one of the most valuable aspects of that community is the perspective it offers.
When something political is discussed here, then maybe by the House Majority
, the House Democrats
, Steve Urquhart
, John Dougall
, and Craig Frank
, citizens can get a better sense of the dynamics of an issue. Add sites like Utah Amicus
, Out of Context
, Obiter Dicta
, Capitol Carnage
, One Utah
, Utah Politics
, Utah Democrats
, Utah Conservative
, Green Jello
., and an interesting political depth perception begins to emerge.
Stepping away from the partisan election year fray - just for a moment - we can see that something good is beginning to happen, something unique in history: depth perception. For anyone with the curiosity to look. At the touch of a button. No one blogger has a monopoly on accuracy, but when issues are weighed and explained by independent sources from all points of the political spectrum, ordinary citizens have a better shot at discerning the truth of an issue.
To this end, we just added a feature
that allows folks to perform a keyword search strictly within the Utah Blog Community. We included the top forty or so political blogs in the state (let us know
if we’ve missed yours).Check it out
I am hearing that the emerging Utah blogosphere is unique. We should value the good it offers and do all we can to promote a blog community that continues to be local, healthy, diverse, respectful, and independent.