August 08, 2005

Hm, Wow.

Read the comments, then tell me political discussion is worthwhile on blogs.

Don't get me wrong, I love blogging; but the zealots, on both sides. People, take a pill.

Posted by Ryan at August 8, 2005 11:56 PM | TrackBack

well well all very interesting. i'll bookmark it for later, however. i don't have time for this shit right now. i'm getting ready for the biggest liberal lefy hippie fest in the sky.

Posted by: leblanc at August 9, 2005 12:22 AM

Once again, interesting how you didn't mind so much when the zealots were agreeing with you.

Posted by: David Grenier at August 9, 2005 10:44 AM

P.S. - The internet is boring. When's Josh coming back?

Posted by: David Grener at August 9, 2005 10:44 AM

Oh, Jeez, David. Yeah, it's because they don't agree with me. Yeah, that's it. It has nothing to do with commenters saying nonsensical crap like:

Ha! I can't believe the whiny kids we used to pick on think they are the shit because the man they like is in the whitehouse. Give me a f*ckin break. You're a bunch of freakin lemmings. In between giving your man a BJ, check out these sites and then pucker up before I whoop ya again!

Or the chickenhawk BS, wherein unless you're enlisted in the military, serving in Iraq, you have no right to have a pro-war opinion. I've never ripped a fetus out of the womb, either, so I better keep my abortion rights opinion to myself, too. And I only own one gun, a .22 rifle, which I haven't fired in seven years, so I should just shut up about my views on the right to bear arms.

But, yeah, David, it's about the zealots not agreeing with me, not the fact that they're deranged, non-sensical and relying on tired, incredibly worn out arguments, and basically just saying shit to say shit, without making any actual points.

Posted by: Ryan at August 9, 2005 11:09 AM

Anyone can type opinions into the internet. The internet's op-ed page is enormous. I wish them all fun and success in running op-ed blogs. The most valuable blogs, though, are where the person tries to report in their own unique voice what they see, hear, feel, think, smell in their world. These are the internet's actual journalists, giving their objective reports on their tiny sections of the world, taking themselves out of the equation. I call them micro-journalists, covering the stuff that news organizations can't afford to pay attention to.

Plain Layne was successful at this, even though nothing she said ever even happened. She was successful because she described seeing deer in the early morning in Woodbury and talking to Mexican workers at her restaurant instead of blasting away at Advisors and Presidents and News Anchors that from my perspective seem more imaginary that she was.

I have tried to read the popular left and right blogs and I can't get into them because they are impersonal and speak of imaginary things like CIA agents and Bush's military service. I would rather read about leaks in their basement walls and conversations with their 3-year-old nephews.

Posted by: Tim at August 9, 2005 11:55 AM

And hot girl-on-girl action certainly didn't hurt, either.

Posted by: Ryan at August 9, 2005 12:31 PM

Or the strap on dildo.

Posted by: Donna at August 9, 2005 12:40 PM

Damn I miss what used to be her, but wasn't really.

Posted by: Donna at August 9, 2005 12:41 PM

Blogs have gotten harder and harder to read in the last year or so. Blogs I used to enjoy became shrill shouting points for election nightmares. People I used to enjoy conversating became "the other side" and I stopped interacting with them.

Screaming solves nothing. Sure, its fun for a little while but when you stop and realize everyone else has left to go do something more productive then you feel a little silly.

Not all political discussion has to be a playground shoving match with buzzwords, catchphrases and lies. Its one thing I've always liked about you and the Mint 400 guys, we can disagree but we can also still remain friends about it.

And no, I don't think that anyone who voted for Bush should be serving in Iraq. I think it would be very interesting to check with those folks now though and see if they regret supporting this man again.

Posted by: Johnny Huh? at August 9, 2005 01:13 PM

Yup, Donna, that blog had become my most favorite place on the Internet. The confluence of a great (if largely unbelievable) narrative, combined with a loyal commenting corp, just made Plain Layne the most entertaining stop on the Web. And then when Joshua was born and started ripping on commenters, well, it made it that much better.

Posted by: Ryan at August 9, 2005 01:18 PM
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