Hanging up the hatchet
: The Dean-O-Phobe is no more:
My work here is done….
[N]ot only is Dean’s nomination dead, Deanism is dead as well. By “Deanism” I don’t mean Dean’s mix of issue positions, or his novel strategy of Internet organizing (which, I hope, will become a model for Democrats in the future). What I mean by Deanism is the belief that some combination of technology and Dean’s charisma can somehow suspend all the known laws of politics, that liberals can wish away unpleasant facts about the American electorate, and that the failure to do so represents cowardice, betrayal, and the absence of principle….
Finally, John Kerry takes all the fun out of Dean-o-phobia. Indeed, if there’s anybody who could make Dean attractive, it’s Kerry….
: And elsewhere at TNR, there’s a debate pro and con on Kerry. Kaus sums it up.
: LiveJournalers can now get their journals made into a PDF and a book. [via WeblogHype] Kind of a neat retro idea. Sometimes, I wish I had a printout of this, just to put on the shelf. But it would take forever. Last Sunday, when I went to be on Chris Lydon’s show, I thought I might want a few posts and links and so I printed out January’s archive — and the month still had a week go to. It was 104 pages. Damn, I’m verbose. This blog would fill a shelf.
You are there
: A photo moblog of the South Carolina primary. [via SmartMobs]
: Fred Wilson amazed and astounded partygoers when he said that he doesn’t read columnists anymore. He reads blogs instead. (Of course, that also means that he does read columnists’ thoughts when blogs point to and excerpt the best of them or ague with the worst of them.)
Just get him to the church on time…
: Armed Liberal is trying to bring his blogging buddy to his wedding and asks for your help.
: I was catching up on my magazine reading t his morning, going one-issue back in Fortune (how amusing and quaint to find such an antique magazine that calls Howard Dean the frontrunner!) and finally got to David Kirkpatrick’s fine column about the “bottom-up economy.”
What do these things have in common: the TV show American Idol, Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, eBay, and the open-source Linux operating system? They’re all manifestations of a key trend of our time: the shift in power away from centralized institutions and toward the individual
What kind of blog are you?
: John Robb lists ways to be a top or almost-top blog: Be a connection machine… name dropper… ideologue… thinker… topic owner… a voice of outrage/affirmation… cool hunter.
: The German canibal who killed and ate a man got a sentence of eight years. Dr. Jack Kervorkian, who helped dying people commit suicide, got 10 to 25.
(And, yes, I meant Tod; it’s a bilingual joke.)