From the Birth of Blogging to the Death of Bin Laden

By Chris Mooney | May 2, 2011 7:42 am

The news stream of the country just shifted dramatically. I was up late last night, putting on hold an article deadline, unable to take my eyes off CNN–and remembering what it was like to be in D.C. on 9/11, huddled in a hotel watching the news, and then for more than a month afterwards, as we were all additionally terrorized by the anthrax mailings.

Blogging itself was largely born in the wake of 9/11–the fear and the insatiable demand for news and information, combined with the Internet, set the stage. I started blogging shortly afterwards when I and others created Tapped, the blog of the American Prospect magazine.

Now, ten years later….it is simply stunning to watch President Obama book-end an era, in a way we’d nearly forgotten was possible.

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Comments (2)

  1. Jon

    Competence. (It’s such a prosaic thing, it can be hard to make it look sexy– this certainly helps.)

  2. “Blogging itself was largely born in the wake of 9/11…”

    There are thousands of blogs that existed before 2001 that beg to differ. I was blogging about how terrible a president Bush was long before 9/11 and predicted how disastrous his tenure would be on numerous occasions, all documented on my blog which has been around since 1997.

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About Chris Mooney

Chris is a science and political journalist and commentator and the author of three books, including the New York Times bestselling The Republican War on Science--dubbed "a landmark in contemporary political reporting" by Salon.com and a "well-researched, closely argued and amply referenced indictment of the right wing's assault on science and scientists" by Scientific American--Storm World, and Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, co-authored by Sheril Kirshenbaum. They also write "The Intersection" blog together for Discover blogs. For a longer bio and contact information, see here.

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