Kathleen Parker Blames Blogs for TV Sins

Also blames dinosaurs, meteors, Puck, the elves who live in her head …

Within minutes, a dozen other e-mails tumbled through the hatch
enumerating all the reasons Sotomayor was a terrible pick: affirmative
action, identity politics, theRicci case, double standards, racism, sexism.Boom shacka-lacka-lacka . . .

You could practically hear the clattering of bullet points ricocheting through the blogosphere.

Actually the first clichéd, pre-packaged idiocy I encountered was on the pages of the New Republic, Katykins, and that was BEFORE the announcement was made. TNR, you know, the magazine thing. Then, once the announcement was made, Gloria Borger was on CNN proudly announcing that she had just received the Republican talking points, and here they are for your edification! Ain’t neither of those things blogs, last time I checked, so maybe not so much for you with the wanking.

So while we’re racking things up, let’s blame the blogosphere and its ricocheting bullet points (GAH, get me rewrite!) once we’re done blaming TV and Jeffrey Rosen. I am so sick of how “the blogosphere” has become a quick way to excuse publication/broadcast of things the publishers/broadcasters know to be crap.

“It was a phenomenon … on the INTERNET,” they intone, as if that makes it better that they got sucked into this nonsense.At least when I read 43 comment threads about Barack and Michelle’s hot NY date night over at ONTD, I know I’m doing it and don’t blame that comm for contributing to the downfall of Western Civilization.

I think part of the problem mainstream media commentators have with the web is that most of them don’t seem to like it much. Either they’re not seeing the vastly good uses to which it can be put or they’re simply not having enough fun in show business. This is one of those times when I think coming to the semi-pro political internet through the fandom internet was beneficial, because I freaking LOVE the internet, even the scary parts of it, because even though I’m terrified, somehow, knowing it’s all there is so much better than just suspecting it’s worse than I thought.

A.

7 thoughts on “Kathleen Parker Blames Blogs for TV Sins

  1. virgotex says:

    They don’t like it because they clearly do not understand it. It’s outside their realm of existence apparently. Otherwise they wouldn’t make such blatantly stupid ill-informed statements about it. Like Chris Matthews last week saying the bloggers don’t like him because they don’t “get” him. He clearly has no idea that he is not nearly as relevant as he thinks he is. That when there are five reporters tweeting live from the press briefing, and we are getting the news BEFORE he is, the analysis has already started before he’s out of the makeup room.

  2. filkertom says:

    Back in the 50s, many low-budget movies tried to scare you with fake monsters. They got around the fact that they didn’t have decent ideas or scripts by bandying around the word “radiation” as a convenient talking point that their audience “understood” on a gut level, without anyone actually having to know or explain how it worked. Anyone who tried to point out that, in fact, things wouldn’t work that way was accused of trying to ruin the movie.
    Back in the 80s, many low- (and a few big-)budget movies tried to scare you with fake monsters. They got around the fact that they didn’t have decent ideas or scripts by bandying around the phrase “genetic mutation” as a convenient talking point that their audience “understood” on a gut level, without anyone actually having to know or explain how it worked. Anyone who tried to point out that, in fact, things wouldn’t work that way was accused of trying to ruin the movie.
    Today, many highly-paid Villagers try to scare you with fake monsters. They get around the fact that they don’t have decent ideas or scripts by bandying around the phrase “blogosphere” as a convenient talking point that their audience “understands” on a gut level, without anyone actually having to know or explain how it works. Anyone who tries to point out that, in fact, things won’t work that way is accused of trying to destroy traditional media.
    Also, many highly-paid Republican Operatives…
    Oh, you know.

  3. pansypoo says:

    but blogs are so fucking profane.

  4. willf says:

    What a relief to know that Jeffrey Rosen has sworn he’ll never blog again.
    Except, as Glennzilla points out, it wasn’t blogging that got him into trouble, but whatever.
    Whew! Now jounalism is safe once again.

  5. MapleStreet says:

    While I expected the repubs to raise all sorts of straw-man arguments for rejection (just on the principle that she was nominated by a dem president), then add in not being a WASP man, the comment that really took me off guard was a certain TV pundit making reference to her monthly femine issues.

  6. karen marie says:

    i don’t understand how these people —who are in the communication business — can be just jaw-droppingly ignorant of something which is ubiquitous. don’t they have assistants who explain this stuff to them? interns? i mean, really — who’s working at these programs? it’s truly mind-blowing.
    it’s not like it’s a recent invention.
    but judge sotomayor is going to be dropped by the villagers, however. that little drama is starting to get a little toxic for their friends. the murder of dr. tiller will do very nicely to fill the void. they’ll schedule all kind of “pro-life” people who will serve up a heaping bowl of “we’re the real victims here” and “pro-abortion” people who will be asked whether they repudiate the inexplicable outpouring of hostility toward “pro-life” advocates over this horrible tragedy of which the “pro-life” people are the real victims.
    it’s all of a cloth. they are weaving a shroud.

  7. hr says:

    好秘书我爱皮肤中国公文网friends. the murder of dr. tiller will do very nicely to fill the void. they’ll schedule all kind of “pro-life” people who will serve up a heaping bowl of “we’re the real victims here” and “pro-abortion” people who will be asked

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