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March 30, 2007

Mediated and/or Medicated

An entry here a few days ago gave evidence to my rather belated discovery of political blogger/law professor Ann Althouse.

And now (as if in strange exemplification of cultural tendencies that I've been puzzling over since starting to read Thomas de Zengotita) there comes a video of Ann Althouse watching American Idol.

What would make anyone do this sort of thing? The desire to watch American Idol is itself a mystery (one I prefer not to fathom) but this seems to be carrying it all well beyond questionable taste, into regions uncharted even by Christopher Lasch's The Culture of Narcissism.

Perhaps she is best understood as performing a (blotto?) approximation of Baudrillard's notion of "fatal strategy" -- pushing the logic of the system to its extreme. To exponential levels, at which things implode.

It could be time to do a YouTube video of me complaining about Ann Althouse and American Idol while watching the YouTube video of Ann Althouse watching American Idol.

Those complaints might best be presented in song....

(Link via TBogg)

Posted by smclemee at March 30, 2007 5:19 PM


I'm trying to figure out how Althouse, as a law professor, maintains any dignity among her colleagues or with her students, when she spends the bulk of her time fucking around on blogs ... and so inanely!

Posted by: James at March 30, 2007 10:46 PM

I can only think of a few possibilities: this was intended as a private video, and someone screwed up the settings; this is some kind of cultural jiujitsu, deliberately inviting the scorn of liberal elites to endear her to "the masses."

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at April 1, 2007 2:29 AM