No, I’m not going to weigh in on the shakeup at 4&20 blackbirds, but thought I am adding that site and a new blog, Reptile Dysfunction, to the blogroll and encourage people to check both out and make their judgments about reading the sites or not. Over the past few years, I’ve had some serious disagreements with one or more of authors at 4&20, and pulled it from my blog roll because I felt like the site wasn’t often incredibly relevant to Montana politics—and because I was frustrated by the personal nature of the disagreements that seemed to crop up.
In the end, though, life is too probably too short for getting enraged over Internet posts and in fights with people whose names I don’t even know. And a blogroll certainly isn’t an endorsement of any particular point of view. I’ll try to be more expansive in our links over here in the future.
And it’s important to have an open mind that people, situations, and even web sites can change. Or that my response to those can as well.
The truth is that I believe in debate and disagreement. My hope is that the future of blogging in Montana (for all participants) can be a bit more about fighting over ideas than personalities. That will be my aspiration at least.
Good luck to both sites, new and renewed.