Thursday, July 18, 2013

In Which I Continue To Wonder

If the grotty fringe Liberal blogosphere hasn't become to establishment publications what Xerox PARC was to Apple:
Fun With Andrew Sullivan

By Charles P. Pierce at 4:15pm

Mr. Sullivan is not pleased with Mr. Cohen's work.
He first got his column in 1976. At the WaPo, lifetime tenure trumps even unvarnished racism and even less varnished mediocrity. Can you imagine him being able to make it in the blogosphere on his own merits? Me neither.
Of course, if it were a couple of decades or so ago, and Cohen wrote pretty much the same thing, gussied it up with a lot of laughable pseudo-science about IQs, and changed his name to, oh, I dunno, say Charles Murray, he could have cashed a fat check from The New Republic.

Just sayin'.
Mr. Pierce is a very fine, very funny writer whose work I enjoy and link to regularly.

That being said, a decade after the Liberal blogosphere took raucous flight and made characters like Sunday morning gasbags and David Brooks and Tom Friedman and Peggy Noonan and Andrew Sullivan part of our regular target package, it is still weird to run across snarky magazine-based take-downs of the Sunday morning gasbags or David Brooks or Tom Friedman or Peggy Noonan or Andrew Sullivan and discover that there are legions out there to who are delighted that someone, somewhere has finally had the nerve to tackle these subjects.

Of course, unlike Xerox PARC, the grotty fringe Liberal blogosphere is not answerable to any hidebound New York home office goofs who have no frigging idea what make of what we are doing and stifle us at ever turn.  

Which is why I'm sure that if we just keep writing and writing and writing and writing and writing and writing and writing and writing and writing and writing and writing and writing and writing and writing and writing and writing and writing and writing and writing and...


zombie rotten mcdonald said...

of course, the big difference is that Apple paid Xerox for their work. A relative pittance, to be sure....

D. said...

...that the ideas and concepts we're writing about might be regurgitated in watered-down form by print-media pundits, much like Etta James and Little Richard and Chuck Berry and Ruth Brown and Fats Domino and LaVerne Baker were "covered" by Pat Boone et al. for the audience of American Bandstand?

Now I need some Earth, Wind and Fire.

Unknown said...

Let me save the haters some time.
Since Droneglass said it and since he hates Greenwald, I think we can just assume that this blog post has no value and move on.

Anonymous said...

Xerox PARC: one of America's glorious wastes of time that counts for "innovation." Thanks for reminding me. Oh, and Apple: all it took was one brief visit to one of their retail outlets. What a horror, what a sickness. Xerox PARC was a bunch of dumb pussy "scientists" whom we stoop to blow now and then. Apple is a bunch of capitalists, terminal cancer we French kiss any chance we can find.

If Pierce wants to complain about high humidity, I'll listen. On the other hand, when some bloggers want to bitch and moan about ideological protocol, I'm just like, whatever.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

I am, however, quite curious as to how some anonymous commenter defines "innovation".

Is it a water engine? New ways to alienate potential allies? A new number between 3 and 4, named "gleen"? Chemtrail nullification pills?