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Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Can the Blogosphere Transform Government? Maybe Not

Check out Andrew Grossman's insightful dissent on the Heritage Policy Weblog from my optimism about the capacity of the Blogosphere to force a new level of transparency in government. Andrew's basic point is that government and media operate as two entirely separate worlds. Public choice theory says government makes choices according to its own interest and, transparency not being in the interest of government, the Blogosphere can't force it on the bureaucrats. Actually, Andrew makes Andrew's point better than Mark does! Here he is:

"A major part of the problem is that the government doesn't play the same game as the media, which despite all manner of regulation still works for a paycheck. The government, however, operates without regard to public demand and often oblivious to public sentiment. Public choice theory explains a lot of how the government makes decisions that often go against the voting public's will, though the solutions it currently offers are often impracticable."

Definitely worth reading Andrew's argument in full.