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October 31, 2007

Count the Blessings

Something just occured to me while reading this item about an event sponsored by N+1, pointed out by a friend.

There is one (and probably only one) advantage to being a critic and essayist who lives in Washington, DC: I can completely ignore both Gawker and Wonkette.

It's not much, but it's something.

Posted by smclemee at October 31, 2007 5:50 PM


"Hail, friend! Wise friend!"

-- official greeting to anyone who admits he doesn't bother reading Gawker and/or Wonkette.

Posted by: book/daddy at October 31, 2007 7:41 PM

There was a cover story about Gawker in a recent issue of New York magazine that I did read, making clear that it now plays a huge role among some sectors of publishing and journalism in NYC. I found this interesting in a sort of armchair media sociology way, but not enough to start reading it.

Of course Wonkette came into similar prominence here in DC when it started, but every aspect of it was so vapid that its appeal seemed incomprehensible to me.

Then again, some folks never really do get over high school. They were either one of the Heathers (in that movie) or dearly wanted to be; and this dogs them forevermore. That is probably the secret of a site like Gawker or Wonkette. The idea that adolescence is something you would want to finish with as soon as possible and never think about again is not viable in this culture, at present.

Posted by: Scott McLemee at November 1, 2007 11:08 AM