Sunday, July 06, 2008

New Media Maven Jesse Helms inspired the liberal internet 

Besides being a "brilliant exemplar of the American conservative movement", WSJ columnist John Fund informs us of another way in which "Jesse Helms made a difference".

[Jesse Helms'] mastery of new media techniques and technology convinced many liberals they had to invest in the Internet and build up the passions of their base.


Like Johnny Carson used to say, "I did not know that".

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So it wasn't Al Gore after all?

Too bad Jesse Helms didn't share some of his "mastery of new media techniques" with John McCain before he went to meet Jeezus in Heaven to stick a flaming pitchfork in Robert Mapplethorpe.

By Blogger Ian McGibboney, at 11:52 AM  

You know, Mr. Fund's point should not be dismissed. What is ridiculous is his bizarre separation of the internets from his definition of "new media techniques and technology."

I take his point to mean that Helms and the Fundagelicals mastered "old" "new media" technologies like talk radio. Conservative mastery and complacency of and with old new media technologies coupled with the democratic nature of the internet to provide progressives with the opportunity structure to utilize the internet as a grassroots organizing tool.

Mr. Fund's comment is an incredible two-pronged illustration of Jesse Helms' role in the ascendancy and ultimate failure of fundagelical political dominance.

By Blogger E, at 1:41 AM