We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Rebecca MacKinnon on the new relationship between information and the public - she seems to be trying to explain the new reality to journalists. What many such articles underemphasize is that professional journalists provide most of the fodder on which blogs feed. Bloggers have day jobs. The big thing that is new is distribution and diversity of opinion, not fact-finding, except in exceptional cases (eg Rathergate, Pewgate, etc.)