Lott vs Levitt: around the blogs

David Glenn’s article get discussed by Henry Farrell (lots of comments there), Ted Frank and King.

Lott finally mentions the lawsuit on his blog. No comments there, so far.


  1. #1 Glenn
    April 21, 2006

    There’s a good reason you won’t find comments at Lott’s blog… they are strictly filtered for anything that contradicts Lott.

    This selective filtering of blog comments is little more than an end-run around the criticism of sock puppets. The sock puppet’s purpose is to give the appearance that the “community” supports the blogger. The same thing is accomplished by selecting which posts to publish and which to trash. If the blogger throws out reasoned criticism, the blogger creates the false impression that everyone supports his argument except the slow-witted.

    Lott hasn’t created a place for “comments,” he’s created an echo chamber.

  2. #2 raj
    April 22, 2006

    Lott is obviously using his blog for advertising purposes. As such, it would be counterproductive for him–or his bank account–to allow comments that are derogatory to him or his tattered reputation.

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