A couple things today that happened:
Twitter shoved in front of my face the tasty morsel thatWGNTV was going to be having a bikini fashion show coming up, andI proceeded to snark on it, andWGN proceeded to get snitty backthat they do good things as well as this crap.
Which, yes. I will freely stipulate that a bikini show is not all that you are. The point of my snarking wasn’t that you’re just trivial peddlers of bullshit. The point is that for going on five years now I’ve sat and listened to one self-satisfied butthead after another tell me that the world used to be good until the Internet kids and all their blogging made it suck, while anyone publishing or broadcasting anything prior to 2003 had Ultimate Authority Points that could beat a Super Nintendo Warlord Dungeonmaster thing. And so I went on a campaign — if you can call lackadaisically linking to stuff I find hilarious a campaign — of pointing out every time one of the Sacred Guardians of Our Democracy did something that could just as easily have been done at Wonkette or, for that matter, on 4chan or Fandom Wank. To point out that GENERALIZATIONS ARE RIDICULOUS.
might sound dumb, but not really sure what the fuss is about – seems
like a not-funny op-ed cartoon married to a poorly-conceived stunt.
Newspapers are almost exclusively unfunny these days, so I guess I’m
not super surprised? It’s a drop in the bucket compared to Maureen
Dowd? Happy to be corrected if I’m missing something.
I don’t think you’re missing something. My point is that it was not funny, trivial, dumb, and bullshit. (Not only that butit doesn’t even make sense. Whose puppet is Burris? Whose hand is up his paper ass? Why a puppet and not a marionnette? Why a puppet and not a stuffed animal? Most of the criticism I’ve seen of Burris comes down to his megalomania and his inability to shut up, two characteristics that make him the best client in the world if you’re a lawyer late on his rent but don’t necessarily add up to “puppet.”) It’s just lame and sad and full of fail, and that is the deeper meaning.
We keep acting like this is a new problem. In ANY medium, there are and have always been trivial
peddlers of bullshit and the bullshit they peddle. There is no golden age of newspaper authority, the phrase “don’t believe everything you read in the papers” was not invented around the same time Facebook came to be, and radio and television have been killing journalism for years and years and years now yet here we all are, tapping away on our keyboards, yelling into the phone that we just found out something amazing and have to tell the whole world.
There’s always one example of horrifying stupidity you can point to, on any day ending in Y, in every medium you can think of including sidewalk chalking, and one example of shining greatness so profound it makes you want to believe in God. Fer chrissakes, I got into political blogging in the first place to defend good journalism, not to kill it. Though that’s a side benefit. (NOTE TO WGN, THAT IS A JOKE.)
The sooner we all come to terms with the idea that no tool magically makes you above reproach, the sooner we can all get on with fixing things instead of just wanking about them all day long on panels. Because the longer people who do the work carry on bitching at each other over who sucks more, the more it benefits the same people who really are killing journalism. The people who are shoveling money out the back door into trucks while we’re distracted.