This week’s blog challenge is:
Write a political blog post.
Studs Terkel recently referred to the United States as having “National Alzheimer’s Disease”, forgetting their past so they can not only repeat their mistakes, but regressing back to the childhood stages, losing all the benefits of its amazing “growth”, both as a society and government. In other words, Americans have become politically apathetic.
It’s time we started fighting back against this new disease and put some political butt-kicking into our blogs with the rights we have called “freedom of speech” – besides, it’s political season in the United States and everyone, inside and outside the states, has an opinion on the next whack—president of the powerhouse that used to be the United States of America.
Political writing isn’t about ranting. It is often filled with colorful adjectives and references, vibrant metaphors and similes, helping the writer get the reader’s ruffles up. There are plays on words, innuendos, and loads of satire.
Verbal and physical satire is easy to do. A wink, grin, or other body expression can convey whole paragraphs of opinions about what is being said. Written satire is much harder, and more often misunderstood as the words struggle to convey their message on the page or screen.
Political blogging can involve conspiracies, or taking a firm stance on one side of the fence, or even straddling it, trying to give both sides of the issue. Either way, it means writing about politics and how they impact our day-to-day lives, now and in the future.
My Scribbles’ “American’s Dirtiest Open Secret” is a good example of clean, clear, and specific political writing, pointing out the facts very plainly.
L. Ron Hubbard’s Mission Earth series, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, Norman Cousins, Tom Lehrer, the music and performance group Capitol Steps, and The Colbert Report are examples of well-known political satire and commentary. Even Michael Moore, whose naive bumbling character is easily dismissed by millions, his political views are famous as he uses it expertly and subtly in blog, books and movies.
There are also many serious political bloggers out there, reporting on the news, events, and offering their opinions on what is happening in politics today and in the past. Examples include:
- Bolt Watch
- Possums Pollytics
- Andrew Norton
- Anwar Ibrahim
- Iain Dale’s Diary
- Talking Points Memo
- Crooks and Liars
- Michelle Malkin
- The Huffington Post
- Daily Kos
- Guy Fawkes’ Blog Of Parliamentary Plots, Rumours And Conspiracy
Since politics are the news of the day, why not try your hand at blogging the political way.
These blogging challenges are published weekly and are an attempt to kick your blogging ass. They serve to challenge your thinking and efforts in blogging and blog writing. To participate, start challenging yourself now. Today. Go for it.
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Copyright Lorelle VanFossen, member of the 9Rules Network, and author of Blogging Tips, What Bloggers Won't Tell You About Blogging.