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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Community, Depth Perception . . . and a new search engine

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, SLCSpin, Capitol Carnage, One Utah, Utah Politics, Utah Democrats, Utah Conservative, Green Jello, etc., 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.

6 Comments:

Blogger Natalie said...

The new search engine is very cool! I am going to link to it from my blog. Thanks.

10/31/2006 11:00 AM  
Blogger The Senate Site said...

Thanks Natalie. Education in Utah is #41 on the search list. You've got a great blog.

10/31/2006 8:39 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

Good idea, thank you.

There are several listed on UtahPolitics.org that don't seem to be on your list, although it includes some blogs that don't focus exclusively on politics.

It also lists campaign sites for Democrats (like Ashdown and Burridge). Maybe there's a reason you avoided those links? <wink>

http://www.utahpolitics.org/opml.xml

11/01/2006 10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom,

The Senate listed numerous left wing sites including One Utah, Utah Democrats, and Out of Context. I don't know if they listed yours however.

11/01/2006 10:29 PM  
Blogger The Senate Site said...

Thanks Tom – I’ve added your blog (#43) as well as the Utah Taxpayers (#42). Phil’s aggregator list is a good suggestion. I'll check it in the next few days to see who we've missed.

I did not add the Ashdown or Burridge blogs for the same reason I didn’t add, say, Dr. Jarvis’ podcast or Ralph Becker’s blog. It’s tough to distinguish which blogs are really going to join in the community and which will fade as relics of the 2006 election season.

Maybe we should just add 'em all, regardless.

?

11/02/2006 10:18 PM  
Blogger The Senate Site said...

We just added Utahns opposed to Las Vegas water grab to the list. Big issue. Good blog.

Ken Hill, of Partoun (Snake Valley), Utah, runs the site. He writes: "While not as political as some, I focus primarily on the southern Nevada water exportation scheme which could affect western Utah. I also post on water issues in the West."

Glad you are out there, Ken. Keep up the good work.

11/03/2006 1:16 PM  

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