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By B.L. Ochman The Daily Kos analyzes what Richard Cohen called a blog swarm about his column at the Washington Post, and concludes that it was not really a swarm. Says Daily Kos:

“The nature of the modern medium ensures that any critique by internet users–conservative and liberal alike–will be massive, unfiltered, and instantaneous. And it will always be effortless to cherry-pick intense or inappropriate comments or emails and use them to dismiss an entire dissenting view as nothing more than the angry rants of a disillusioned group. … Yet the true measure of character comes in rejecting the temptation to take the easy way out, and instead to embrace an honest and genuine dialogue about the issues.”