Why am I so obsessed with American politics in the first place? Does it really matter, or does interest in politics merely occupy the same part of the brain that used to handle starting line-ups, batting averages and RBI's?
Remember when the web used to be about following links to someone's cool blogspot site? Now it's all about the world of ultra-ultra-niche or the secret gems that the big sites troll daily for their unique takes.
If you are a political journalist -- or media hanger-on -- chances are you were living out of a suitcase at the 2008 Presidential Conventions, with the Dems nominating Barack Obama in Denver and the GOP nominating John McCain in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Remember those heady days?
Mediaite.com's Power Grid uses an algorithm to determine the top voices in 12 different media categories. Does the feature inspire a narcissistic-type of journalism, with people trying to game the system?
This site is the manifestation of a vision I have had for many years -- a unique property that will quickly become the must-read for anyone interested in media, the business of it and the personalities behind it.
"SWAG" stands for "Stuff We All Get" and refers to the freebies that are handed out at promotional events -- from pens and tote bags and magnets and mugs to, well, much better stuff, depending on the event.