The Critical 'I'

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Friday, December 12, 2003

Would the presence of blogs in 1972 have given George McGovern the edge over Richard Nixon in the Presidential election? It sounds like kooky talk to me, but Henry Copeland at Blogads is taking the ball and running with it:

What other alternate histories could be explored? Would the Nazis have been stronger or weaker in a blogging Germany? Would a blogging Alfred Wallace have outshown Charles Darwin? Would the blogging Buddha have swamped Jesus? Could have hung on to the colonies?

Of course, you have to buy into the idea that blogs are having a wide-reaching impact at present. The comments point to how skeptical some people are to that. I agree, and there's plenty of evidence indicating that blogs, as a whole, are still a very closed-off community.

I've been known to indulge in some alternate reality speculation myself, with a sports twist. I'm a big fan of alternate history/speculative fiction.