Blogged Down By Politics
We're now at T-minus 14 days to the election. Getting much work done?
Nah, me neither.
I've noted before how the Web enables us to pursue any interest, no matter how picayune, to an absurd degree. If you like to whittle bars of soap into sculptures of baby animals in your spare time, it's a safe bet that at least one blog, mailing list and discussion forum await your attention online.
Presidential elections take this phenomenon to its logical extreme. For this one in particular, you could easily do nothing else during your waking moments but read site after site reporting, discussing and arguing over whether Barack Obama or John McCain will -- among other things -- win the right to throw out the first pitch at the Nationals' home opener on April 13.
I'm as guilty as anybody of spending too many of my own processor cycles keeping up with the news -- though I like to tell myself that other people have gotten sucked in far worse. For example, a friend of mine started volunteering for the McCain campaign last month, and now he can't seem to go more than 10 minutes without chattering about the election.
(True, we at The Post are happy to contribute to the problem, between the stories you can read in print, blogs like The Trail, The Fix and Political Browser and other daily updates like our new tracking poll.)
Two weeks from now, we should be able to go back to our normal lives. In the meantime, would you like to hazard a guess about the bandwidth you're soaking up as you follow this electoral season? Be honest: How many times a day do you click over to The Corner or Power Line? Have Daily Kos and Andrew Sullivan's The Daily Dish become more like hourly preoccupations? Is FiveThirtyEight only a Web site's name, or does that also describe the number of times you've visited it over the last month?
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