The blogosphere has been awash for months, I discovered, in other
incisive speculation about CNN’s senior political correspondent: She
must have had a face-lift. No, it had to be gastric bypass. One genius
wanted to know if she would change her name to Salad Crowley.
Now we know. A career of sophisticated political observation, graceful
writing and determined fairness earns you this: speculation about your
metabolism and guesses about your turns under the surgeon’s knife. Such
is the wonder of our ever-freer public discourse.
Yet even we who admire Crowley couldn’t help but notice the change.
Right. The blogosphere (all blogs, even the ones about knitting, even the ones about keeping bearded dragon lizards as pets) is so terrible. It’s so terrible and rude and unholy that the LA Times decided to validate all that speculation in “our ever-freer public discourse” with a huge story and a photo. Because that just proves how much better the LA Times is than all those unwashed screwheads online.
You know, there have always been gutter-minded assholes in the world. As much as I say all the time that I thank God there was no modern-day Internet when I was in high school and college, we really as humans haven’t changed all that much because of it. All the Internet has done is made it possible to realize what gutter-minded assholes other people are without leaving the comfort of our living rooms. There is no impending Internet apocalypse. Our public discourse is the same as it’s always been.