Are the Daily Kos Kids Marginally Illiterate?

Sunday, March 05, 2006
Someone else (and I regret forgetting who) has mentioned the humorous fact that Glenn Reynolds’s newly released book, An Army of Davids, is far outselling co-author Markos Moulitsas Zuniga’s (the Daily Kos himself) Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics. The Daily Kos's website receives four times more visitors than the Instapundit’s. And yet, Reynolds’s work currently ranks #466 and Zuniga’s comes in at #1,823. What are we to think of these figures? Does this indicate that Reynolds’s audience is better read? Are they the type of people who actually study an issue before shooting off their mouths? Is it possible that many of the Daily Kos kids might even be marginally illiterate?

Update: Typo corrected thanks to commenter Waffle Ass.

19 comments:

terrye said...

It probably means that Glenn's audience has more money to spend.

Morgan said...

Yes, terrye, I think you're correct. Zuniga's minions reject concepts such as "earning a living" as antiquated and Westocentric. Also, they gave a lot of money to Howard Dean.

David Thomson said...

"It probably means that Glenn's audience has more money to spend"

The Daily Kos kids donate a lot of money. No, they can easily afford the price of a book. It’s almost certainly a matter of interest.

terrye said...

David:

I think you would be amazed how many of those folks are posting from the basement of Mom and Dad's home or the public library.

Rick Ballard said...

Joe Trippi raised the dough for Dean. Using his own database. It had very, very little to do with the King of Koslandia. Lack of access to that database is also the reason that Howie continues to howl - without it, although he has done reasonably well in raising dough, he has been forced to spend a lot more of the dough raised in the raising process with the net result that all can see every month.

Koslandians are babblers and scribblers, not performers. They weren't the core of Trippi's operation and they aren't furnishing much dough to Dean either. They're in a very minor amateur league of their own except in the fantasy world of Koslandia.

AlexC said...

I believe it was Dean Barnett @ SoxBlog who made that connection.

MeaninglessHotAir said...

Terrye,

I think you'd be amazed at the number of Trustifarians and how much money they have. I know I was, anyway. Not that all Trustifarians are Kos-kids, but many of them are. I have a friend whose neighbor manages 7 or 8 trust funds for people living around here. The average income per year is $340k. There are thousands of these people in this area. Every year thousands more are formed as our prosperous economy keeps producing large piles of cash here and there and the lucky children don't have to work.

The wonderful economy that David is constantly extolling is making the country increasingly blue.

Barry Dauphin said...

Hey, David, you're linked from PJ Media.

JB said...

"The wonderful economy that David is constantly extolling is making the country increasingly blue."

Fortunately when you're that rich, the tendency is to be a "principled" leftist, not a yellow-dog democrat. Hence I don't see them as a threat.

Rick Ballard said...

JB,

Beyond that, the trustafarians are drawn to latte lapper territory while the McMansion Men are drawn to the suburban growth areas. The ratio of latte lapping trustafarians to first time home buyers is what is important. It ain't a contest.

Kinda crummy if you're in a latte lapper area though.

terrye said...

MHA:

Actually I do know of a couple of folks like this. It is true that here in corn pone Indiana there are not many, but I would be ready to bet that if some sweet young trust funder had to chose between a bakini wax and voting, well let's just guess which would win.

Michael Barone did an interesting article on this sometime ago. He talked about the trust funders and blue states.

Maybe it is guilt that drives them.

CharlesR said...

I seem to remember ... didn't Kos himself admit at one point that he wasn't very well-read?

Jim C. said...
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Jim C. said...

As alexc pointed out, it was indeed Dean Barnett
who brought this up on 2/28. However, at that time, Kos's rank was
12000+. Obviously, he's improved considerably since then. Let's wait
till the numbers settle down before concluding anything from them.

Eric said...

While I disagree with these broad generalizations of their (Kos and Glenn's) blogdiences, it's worthy to note that for most of those reviewing Kos' book it was their only review. It will be interesting to see the reading/reviewing habits of those who buy & review Glenn's book. If you assume that those inclined to write review in the first place would have done it for other books they have read/purchased it says that the Kos reviewers don't read (or purchase from Amazon) many books.

Rick Ballard said...

Eric,

That's not fair!! Coloring books are not reviewed at Amazon so many of his followers may very well have purchased a plethora of books quite recently.

Bibliothist!!

Anthony Cartouche said...

I realize you're a conservative, and therefore stupid, but you should have learned in about the third grade that the possessive form of the name Reynolds is Reynolds's, not Reynold's.

Kos:Reynolds::Beatles:Milli Vanilli

Rick Ballard said...

So, how does that it explain the poor performance of the book by Mowlitt's Ass? Are the Koslings passing it around as a gesture of environmental solidariety? Save a tree and all that? Or does it actually need a 16 pack of Crayolas added with each purchase in order to stimulate sales?

CharlesR said...

waffle ass,

Actually, the possessive form of the name Reynolds is either Reynolds's or Reynolds'.

http://secretariesusa.com/pages/possessives/Poss.html

http://www.correctpunctuation.co.uk/punctuation-apostrophe.htm