Friday, December 02, 2005
"Proud to be Canadian"? Hardly.
In the midst of a short piece on the right-wing blog Proud to be Canadian, Ms. Z asks the question: "Just out of curiosity, if Proud to be Canadian is so proud to be Canadian, then why are so many of its featured columnists American?"
An excellent question, since you can see that, of the 15 featured bloggers at that site, almost half of them (seven to be precise) are in fact American. How curious for a blog with that name. Which got me to thinking, are all bloggers at progressiveBloggers.ca Canadian? And should that be an actual requirement?
One might argue that, in the case of PB.ca, you don't actually need to be both Canadian and living in Canada. You could perhaps be Canadian but living elsewhere, or be non-Canadian but be living here and blogging on topics Canadian. Both of those would seem to be acceptable given that the home page of PB.ca simply reads "progressive bloggers", with a backdrop of a maple leaf, thereby giving the mandate of the site a little leeway.
It's a bit harder to argue that for a site whose very name screams "Proud to be Canadian." How exactly does one then justify the membership of Ann Coulter, who is neither Canadian nor lives here? What precisely is she contributing to the conversation, apart from screeching, pathologically dishonest invective from an American point of view?
Obviously, one can run one's blog any way one wants. But you have to wonder about a Canadian blog that can't seem to find enough actual, you know, Canadians to generate content. Puzzling, it is.
SNARK: I haven't had the courage to actually follow the link, but that same site has a piece by American Jennifer Roback Moore entitled "Why the Left Hates Sex." Do I dare?