Thursday, November 13, 2003

Over at One Fine Jay, some thoughts on bloggers saying what they think, rather than what they might be expected to think based on their politics in general. It will never join a political party, and this is part of the reason why. What I think is not going to be determined by committees or even by a majority vote - in fact I don't care if I'm the only person on the planet who thinks something, I'll say it. Meanwhile, Glenn thinks "the anti-war left" needs to disavow Rall. I'm more or less pro-War, though I reserve whole planets of doubt about the planning behind this, but I don't think the anti-war folks need to continually say who they oppose, no matter how vile the speech. With Rall, it's nearly all vile, all the time. They'd have little else to do but disavow him full time. I won't say he's not funny, only that I've never found him funny. I agree with Ebert who said you can't convince someone what is or is not funny with arguments. So should bloggers pro and anti war, left and right, point out mindless idiots like Rall and rake them over the coals? Yes. But they're our coals, so we can't be told how to rake or how hot the coals should be. Michele will be bitchslapping Rall to any heart's content, and I'm content to allow her the privilege.

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