Like today's right, the '60s and '70s left was emotional, expressivist and anti-intellectual. (One of its bibles was Abbie Hoffman's "Steal This Book!") Like today's right, the '70s left favored theatrical protest over discussion and debate. The prophets of the Age of Aquarius and the "population explosion" were every bit as apocalyptic as Glenn Beck. And just as today's right-wing radicals play at Boston Tea Parties, so Abbie Hoffman dressed up as Uncle Sam. The teabaggers are the Yippies of the right. Joe Wilson's guttural outburst in Congress deeply unsettled me. Sure, initially I, too, was disgusted at the absence of respect for the institution played out before the watchful eyes of the entire world (and, not at all surprised when the likes of Osama bin Laden and Vladimir Putin immediately joined the rousing chorus of disrespect). The "racist" angle really didn't offer much relief either -- even as endorsed by the prophet, and sometimes musician, Dave Matthews himself.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Posted by Mark Walker at 7:30 AM
Thursday, August 20, 2009
As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.As "those Internets" grew to include sophisticated commenting, it wasn't hard to see that Godwin's initially-humorous Law had legs. Check out any good-sized chain on HuffPo. My man was dead on. The Law applies to meat-space, too.
For example, there is a tradition in many newsgroups and other Internet discussion forums that once such a comparison is made, the thread is finished [.]I guess, then, the remaining question is which "thread" has ended in this application of Godwin's Law? Is it our democracy generally? The healthcare debate more specifically? Our culture and civility?
Monday, August 3, 2009
I chuckled a little when TechCrunch's Michael Arrington, presumably in a fit of pompous rage, announced that:
Anyone wanna buy a three week old iPhone 3G, 16GB? You don’t even have to stick with AT&T for two years to get a cheap price. Make me an offer.
I'm moving against the tide, having just picked up an iPhone after they added the Fat Finger Feature (horizontal keyboard).
Friday, July 31, 2009
Oh, wait, that's Bill Gates. Not the esteemed Harvard professor, Henry Louis Gates, but the Harvard dropout who likely has never locked himself out of his massive estate nor managed a wry disaffection while posing for a mug shot.
The really cool thing is if you haughtily insult the mildly educated, working class lout who's come, bristling with sticks, sprays and bullets, to protect your personal wealth from people who look like you --- you get to have not just a beer, but the beer of your own choosing, with the POTUS and said lout. They'll even throw in a loose-lipped Veep to provide the entertainment. This country rocks. This sh*t never happens in Jamaica.