Argument! Character Assassination! Breasts!
Every once in a great while, something I've written gets picked up by what might be called -- not entirely oxymoronically -- the "mainstream blogosphere." The latter seems to be very much a star system made up of people who are partisans of one of the two major political parties. That rules me out a priori.
For that matter, I don't even have much of a role in left-wing blogchat, ever since the dissolution of the Vanguard Workers Revolutionary Marxist-Leninist Labor Party USA (Bolshevik-Reconstructed). As some of you may recall, I was the Central Committee member responsible for Proletarian Hammer newspaper, as well as being the party's one cadre. The meeting where I expelled myself was bitter and scarring.
Most of what happens in the mainstream blogosphere passes me right by, and it seems that I have missed many the tempest. What, for example, was the "Jessica Valenti Breast Controversy"?
I have no idea. And in fact I am totally okay with having no idea. Don't feel obliged to submit an exposition or appropriate link, thanks. Yet it seems that Jessica Valenti Breast Controversy has now led, in turn, to the following extraordinary meltdown at BloggingHeads TV (a site my friend Henry Farrell has been involved with) and so it must be of truly great significance, in certain teapots anyway.
The woman on the left is named Garance Franke-Ruta, and the one on the right is named Ann Althouse. Both are, it would appear, major figures in the mainstream blogosphere. All I can say is that this exchange makes me want to rejoin the VWRMLLPUSA(B-R).
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