What is the blogosphere After more than a year to keep alternating This bimonthly column, it was high time to ask the question. Reactions to the television intervention of the President of the Republic, on 24 April, bring a few elements of a response.
First, and to divert the title of a book that was once its moment of glory, the blogosphere, it is not for war. Or rather, it is used more. Its militant function seems anemic since the end of the electoral cycle. The UMP blogosphere, if active during the campaign, sentence to mobilize to support that which was its candidate. The Socialist blogosphere seems, also lack teeth and taunts on the presidential style, who made his beautiful hours, tend to dry up.
In short, the militant spirit declines. I need the regret Not necessarily. In a less feverish context, substantive discussions are committed. The blogosphere makes then public debate what most precious: its function critical.
The words of Nicolas Sarkozy have thus passed through the small community of bloggers economists. The President of the Republic welcomes that 2008 is announced as the year where, for "the first ten years (...), French growth is higher than that of the Germany" Emmanuel, Ceteris Paribus, QuickDraw then its "OECD Economic Outlook" to demonstrate, graphic support, that France's growth has been between 1998 and 2005, consistently higher than that of the Germany (1). The "500,000 non-equipped with job offers", Nicolas Sarkozy met against the plaintiffs 1.900.000 of employment Olivier Bouba-Olga goes back to their source: "figure of 500,000 often circulates that it knows where it comes out." Perhaps of Unedic (BMO) workforce needs surveys, which show that roughly 500,000 employers consider difficult their recruitment project. But that recruitment is difficult does not mean not provided employment (2).
The presidential diatribe against "companies who make billions of euros of profit and where the word salary negotiations is banned" Emmeline, inspired in the usual manner, stressed the economic limits: "the companies have no objective reason to increase employees that do not threaten to leave (3)".
On a large mesh networks blogs 20, presidential intervention is thus ruthlessly dissected. A Persian powered on the economic blogosphere would soon have noted that it leans to the left; However, these tickets also cruel they are, have nothing partisan charges. In the early days of what would become "Kerviel case", Ségolène Royal was launched: "when the French have a bank account surplus at the beginning of months and the complete short, penalties fall." Banks get richer on the backs of the smaller. "I request that the 7 billion euros (4) be reimbursed to families dives into debt". The same blogs which today leaves the presidential copy had then fluctuated between hilarity and consternation: "It touches the bottom." Refund losses. "Feed the debt with deficits", it was so sorry Versac, welcoming "the phrase the most ridiculous of the week (year). (5) .
Then, what is the blogosphere A practice which was long the preserve of the press: "fact checking" verification of sources, information aggregation, critical false truths of obviousness. Her book with great strengths: reactivity, freedom of tone, technical competence. Its rise cannot leave indifferent media traditional and this chronic, result of a partnership between "Les echos" and the debateco.fr site, evidenced in his own way.