: James Lileks writes about the lessons and prophecy of Dean and blogging and The Scream in his Newhouse column and he confesses to taking part in the Scream Meme with his remix:

I assembled one of the more popular songs. Within 36 hours it had been mentioned by The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal; it was played on NPR, Hugh Hewitt’s nationally syndicated radio shows in a hundred markets — and even made I didn’t mail the song to newspapers, or call up radio stations and offer payola. I simply seeded the URL in the comments section of a well-read liberal weblog and a well-read conservative one. And it was off. This is how information works today: You can go from the bottom to the top with no friction whatsoever.

Hmmm. I’m honored that he seeded the address on this blog. I wonder whether this was one of them and if so, was it the liberal or the conservative one, I never can tell.

Anyway, that ego break aside, James goes on to judge the significance of this:

Meaning? Well, weblogs make it tough for candidates to sell falsehoods, because there will always be a hundred dozen foes ready to feast on the lie…. Forevermore now, there’ll be someone watching who can tease an offhand remark however he pleases, post it to the Web and join the roiling conversation….

It’s not the e-mail. It’s not the blog. It’s not the Web sites. It’s the computers, and the people behind them, connected like never before. They won’t control the buzz this year. But in 2008? Count on it.

  • anne.elk

    I’m curious, which liberal blog did he seed his remix on?

  • tim

    Lileks is great, but I think he’s selling the net short. The buzz *is* being controlled online this year.
    And it’s only January…

  • I think anne.elk finally got something right. I’m afraid you are probably the ‘conservative’ blog, unless James has been paying attention.
    I get the same thing, despite the fact that I’ve taken a few very unconservative positions on some issues. I’m pro-war (on Iraq and Afghanistan — any new ones get evaluated separately). I’m pro-self-defense. Other than that, most of my postitions on social issues offend the life out of conservatives. (I’m also pro-gay-marriage, for instance.)
    But I’m a ‘warblogger’. That’s mostly what I post about. So I’m a conservative. Sigh.

  • JorgXMcKie

    Okay, Jarvis. The jig is up. Quit pretending and admit that anne.elk and her ilk (I’ve wanted to use that for so long) are right. You’re not a liberal. You’re a rotten, black-hearted, vicious, money-grubbing conservative. You failed to pass various liberal litmus tests and you’ve been read out of the camp. Maybe if you admit your perfidy and all the incorrect stances you’ve taken and denounce all you’ve done and all those you’ve influenced take anti-Mao views (oops, strike that last part — 60’s flashback), I mean anti-Progressive views you’ll be allowed to get your liberal card back, provisionally. But watch your damn step, because they (elk and her ilk) will be watching you.