Ari Melber (The Nation), with video (06:14):
Champion's, a typical sports bar in Austin, Texas, ran a curious greeting on its scoreboard all weekend: "Welcome, Netroots!" The pulsing light bulbs faced a giant convention center hosting Netroots Nation, an annual conference for the Internet Left, which grew out of volunteer brainstorming sessions on DailyKos over three years ago.
These may sound like relatively minor distortions, but they also reflect a resilient mischaracterization of the netroots as an angry, radical and combustible bunch. It's a rather silly gloss for a well-educated, text and technology-based activist corps that wields influence via web fundraising, e-mail lobbying, social networking and, yes, traditional gatherings offline.