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Poland by Bloggers: A Round up

Poland by Bloggers: A Round up

Poland by Bloggers Roundup

Blogging isn't just about 'me, me, me!' - no longer just a prosthetic ego, or somewhere to throw a cybertantrum about one's life -- the territory has expanded to include people looking outward, wanting to discover something in common and make connections along shared concerns -- what we call affinity networking. At PolBlog we intend to present news reports, analysis, and stories from blogs that we judge to be in the latter category. And so we are launching this new "Round up" feature in order to highlight the good (bad, and the ugly, AND voluntary!) work being done by fellow citizen journalists. The only criterion we will keep is that the information is connected to Poland.

We know many bloggers who are putting long hours into their blogs and doing quality work. It's time to 'represent' -- this medium merits recognition as a legitimate source of reliable information and analysis. At PolBlog we believe that you can find trustworthy information in the blogosphere without relying on any other media for news. This is a bold thesis, but from our experience so far, it's not an exaggeration.

We don't necessarily share the particular view of every blog we mention, we simply suggest to you that they are worth reading at a given point in time.

So, without further ado...

We found this story about the recent Polish Presidential election in a rather unobvious place - a blogger in Egypt! The blog Scottymac.blogspot.com published a story today that we found interesting. In part because in included a wonderful, and telling electorate map of the vote in Poland . Wow! Take a look at what happens to voting as you go either further east or west from the center of Poland.

The website of Polish daily Rzeczpospolita has an illuminating map of district-by-district results in Poland's recent presidential election, which pitted an economic liberal (in the European sense; that is, a free-marketeer)against an anti-gay, staunchly Catholic social conservative who believes strongly in the welfare state.

The east-west divide on the map looks positively Ukrainian to me. Marek Kohn, a writer and journalist, notes how Tusk, the neo-lib, did well in "formerly German territories of the west, where the communists rebuilt a society on razed ground after the war

Russia is clearly still exerting an influence, pulling Poland apart?

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