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December 05, 2003
Mutter, whine, complain

Despicable DeLay

Via Chris Nelson, here's why Republicans on campus get no respect. (Basically, because they don't deserve any.)

Under the heading of, "this annoys me," let me say that George Bush does not have a blog. Neither does Howard Dean or most of the other candidates. They have people who blog about them, or for them, but they won't "have" a blog until they sit down and offer us their own words in their own words.

Also, I hate stupid typos and these blogs don't "bare" the candidates' names. They "bear" them. That's the kind of humorous typo I could forgive in, say, a blog, but not so much in a newspaper like The Guardian but I'll forgive them this time for all of the cool links they gave us in the article.

What I don't get is why the possibility that another airplane was in the air at the same time as Air Force One is of such consuming interest to some people.

It may only be the appearance of impropriety and unimportant on that front, but as further evidence of USofA arrogance and our determination to hold power in Iraq, I think it's significant.

Spoofs on The Night Before Christmas aren't new, but Chris has a good one up today. Most of it even scans properly.

(I'm a bit cranky today, yes. Peevish, even.)

Emma asks, "... does a democracy seem out of whack when the government has to cancel elections because it's broke, but the candidates are raising record sums?"

Tom Paine is right. Read the Soros column.

And over at TomDispatch, there's a great list of book suggestions.

Will the press challenge Rove's decision to try and position Bush as both the Macho-Commander-In-Chief and as the Plucky Outsider Fighting Against The Machine? Don't be stupid, Katrina.

Check out Notebook Africa if you haven't already.

In the incestuous world of blogdom, it looks like there was a war going on and I didn't know anything about it. Oh well, that doesn't bother me. I'm not much of a "joiner" and those kinds of cliques always leave me puzzled and wondering what the point is.

Heck, I don't understand most of what happens online and I'm not ashamed to admit it. People talk about "RSS feed" and I get so distracted wondering what rssss is supposed to mean and if people actually pronounce it that way or if they just recite the letters that I never get around to figuring out who it's feeding or why. I understand that this blog, for instance, can be read on a PDA. I'm sure that's very cool although I don't understand how it gets there or why anyone would bother. There's also a link for something called "RDF" and I have no idea what that's for. (For all I know it's the reason I seem to get occasional hits from the International Atomic Energy Agency.)

Okay, by now it's probably pretty obvious why I paid someone to design the site and get it up and running, but the point is, or at least sort of is, that some of us seem to be a lot more meta than others of us.

Some of us are interested in the blog as blog and want to define how it happens

Others of us are just thrilled that someone created an easy interface we could use to pontificate and air our opinions (or ignorance) to the world at large.

Feel better, Elayne.

Posted by AnneZook at 10:05 AM


Thanks again for the good wishes, Anne! As I said on my blog, I've always been a bit of a joiner, but as I also mentioned I, like you, also tend to find this inter-blog stuff kinda incestuous and "I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody outside of a small circle of friends"ish. Someone came out with a pretend map of the blogosphere, and all the countries and seas and such were in-jokes, most of which I didn't get, referring to names of blogs and bloggers and I'm going, "Geez, come on folks, we're NOT FAMOUS, we're just folks." Speaking of which, I agree wholeheartedly with your assessment of the Dem candidates' blogs, which is why they're waaaay down on my sidebar. Although the UK ones I have listed are actually done by the MPs in question.

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at December 6, 2003 08:10 AM

That's the main problem with "fandom" whether it's around comics or television shows or anything else - people start seeing themselves as Someone because they're a noticeable-sized frog in a (really) very small pond.

I do hope you're feeling better.

Posted by: Anne at December 7, 2003 09:53 PM