April 21, 2004

Beyond Parody

In an e-mail to someone the other day, I mocked Instapundit's habit of linking pieces by female bloggers with a "sex hook" attached, i.e.:

BOTTOMS UP: [Name of female blogger] sees a connection between Iraqi liberation and sodomy.
But you know something? In retrospect, I needn't have bothered.

Lest someone get the wrong idea: The issue isn't so much that it's sexist. The issue is that it's stupid and annoying.

And speaking of stupid and annoying, the next person who sends me over to BuzzMachine gets a kick in the head. Apparently now old man Jarvis is on some tear about a "citizen's media" association, or something. You know, so we can filter out all those unethical, irresponsible little people whose willingness to throw the contents of their heads onscreen at any time made blog-reading such a joy in the first place.

Someone over at The Truth Laid Bear, in the comments to this post, described the formation of such an association as "NECESSARY." Yes, in all caps and everything.

I remember when companies thought Aeron chairs were NECESSARY, too.

Ugh. No more blog entries about blogging. It leaves me with such a creepy aftertaste. Worse, I'm afraid I'll start thinking any of it matters, and then where would we be?

Posted by Ilyka at April 21, 2004 06:13 PM in hell is other people

I'm with you. I think it's a tad ridiculous. Those people take themselves too seriously.

Posted by: Rob at April 21, 2004 08:48 PM

Amen on both counts.

Posted by: Simon at April 22, 2004 06:39 AM

Am I media? I thought I was humor and slice of life.

Oh, I see. They wouldn't be inviting the Snooze into the association, would they?


Posted by: Jim at April 22, 2004 10:49 AM

"Bastiches." Heh. Indeed.

Posted by: ilyka at April 22, 2004 06:16 PM

"No more blog entries about blogging."

Three cheers and a thank-you! Some of us only read a few blogs, or only read intermittently, and the references don't always turn out to be edifying. I read you because you're You.

I don't know if there's a word for "self-obsession" *applied to a group*, but I think bloggers need to watch that. You see it in the mainstream media every damned day!

Posted by: Ben Culture at April 22, 2004 09:38 PM

I'd like an Aeron chair. Those things are comfy.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at April 24, 2004 11:56 PM

see you again sometime..really good work.

Posted by: Daria Danielle at September 2, 2004 09:57 AM

see you again sometime. great work.

Posted by: Myria Sofie at September 2, 2004 10:00 AM