A slice of blog-hater triumphalism gone awry:
If ever America needed a wake-up call about the mythology of blogging, we got it this month.
On Aug. 8, Connecticut businessman Ned Lamont defeated U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman in the Democratic primary, a triumph widely credited to the rah-rah racket produced by pro-Lamont armies stationed along the Internet.
Indeed, the bloggers had scored big. They had helped vault a local politician to national prominence and cemented the Iraq war as Issue No. 1 in the congressional elections. Not a bad day.
But their victory was short-lived. Even before the primary, Lieberman announced that, should he lose, he’d still run in November as an independent. This electoral chutzpah effectively rope-a-doped the bloggers and recharged the senator’s fabled Joe-mentum. Lieberman’s still the man to beat in the general election.
If this wasn’t enough to drain the effervescence from the blogger bubbly, America’s noisy Web wags were dealt an even more sobering blow 10 days later when Snakes on a Plane opened nationwide to a decidedly flat $15.3 million box office.
Before its premiere, Snakes had been the latest blogger darling, as swarms of online film geeks prematurely crowned it the summer’s big sleeper. This hyperventilating fan base even convinced Snakes‘ distributor, New Line Cinema, to up the movie’s rating to R, to ensure a gorier, more venomous snake fest.
Whaaa…? What the fargin’ frug is he talking about? The only blogger I’ve seen going on at all about Snakes has been Ace, and he’s mocking it mercilessly. I don’t know what blogs this guy is reading, but he’s about as off base as he could possibly be here. Anybody who takes piss-poor box office on the part of a movie everybody knew from the git-go would be utter crap as evidence that blogs ain’t all they’re cracked up to be is revealing his blog-envy a bit more than is probably good for him.
And scrolling on down to the end, I see that this guy writes for the Puffington Host.
Oh, I get it. He’s nuts, then. Cool. Never mind.
The whole thing reminds me of child-rearing. As the parent of any toddler can tell you, the younger the child, the louder the screams for attention — and quite often, the degree of the crisis is in reverse proportion to the decibels of the bellows.
To that end, it’s important to remember that the blogosphere is still in its infancy, and like any kid, it needs to be watched very carefully.
Once more: careful what you wish for there, Socrates — the same regulatory leash you seem to want bloggers on might someday as easily fit around the NYT’s or USA Today’s pencil necks. And for my money, if anyone “needs to be watched very carefully,” it’s the liberal MSM, which has been repeatedly shown to be dishonest, untrustworthy, and unwilling to properly acknowledge its own mistakes when caught. By bloggers, that is, which is undoubtedly at the root of this guy’s whole problem with them.
Ain’t it funny, though, how quickly these liberal-media guardians of free speech can jettison their most closely-held principles when it suits ’em to. Why, one could almost be forgiven for not trusting in their integrity and good faith any more than one would trust John Dillinger with the keys to a bank vault.