Posts from March 17, 2005

Can a Men’s Studies Department be far behind?

Can a Men’s Studies Department be far behind?

: In reply to all the gender-defending going on lately, Dave Winer vows to post some positive male images.

Pot calls kettle hot

Pot calls kettle hot

: Tina Brown — who made her career on the foibles of celebrity — now laments that everybody can find foibles; it is no longer the exclusive calling of the tony-cocktail-party-throwing editorial elite:

We are in the Eggshell Era, in which everyone has to tiptoe around because there’s a world of busybodies out there who are being paid to catch you out — and a public that is slowly being trained to accept a culture of finks.

Finks, formerly known as reporters; busybodies, formerly known as sources.

We’re always under surveillance; cameras watch us wherever we go; paparazzi make small fortunes snapping glamour goddesses picking their noses; everything is on tape, with transcripts available.

And without the paparazzi, where would magazines be?

No matter who you are, someone is ready and willing to rat you out. Even the rats themselves have to look over their shoulders, because some smaller rat is always waiting in the wings. Bloggers are the new Stasi. All the timidity this engenders, all this watching your mouth has started to feel positively un-American.

If bloggers are Stasi, then magazine editors are, what, the politburo? I write this off to petty jealousy. But Dana Blankenhorn has a fit fit for Buzzmachine.

Regaining the environmental lead

Regaining the environmental lead

: There’s a warning to liberals in Dick Morris’ column: He says that Arnold Schwarzenegger is taking the lead on alternative energy. And he says this isn’t an environmental issue; of course, it is now an issue of national security. We must must must reduce our dependence on dangerous oil; we’ve said that for years and done squat about it; so the Saudis have us by the balls and we have been too wussy to push them toward democracy as we are beginning to push other countries.

Just making smaller cars isn’t the answer because they don’t save enough and, as we saw in crash-fatality stats released this week, they’re less safe than the big cars the market wants. No, the solution is supporting radical solutions, like new engines. Says Morris:

Start with the War on Terror. While President Bush hunts the terrorists down and pressures nation-states to give up their sponsorship of terror gangs, Schwarzenegger is working to solve the problem of Islamic terrorism once and for all

Alterman & Wolfowitz

Alterman & Wolfowitz

: I find it intriguing that Eric Alterman does not join in the blanket vilification of Paul Wolfowitz engaged in by others. A week ago, Alterman went to a tony party (is there any other kind?) thrown by Tina Brown and Harry Evans and he wrote:

Though he was clearly the celebrity guest of the moment… Paul Wolfowitz was more whispered about than talked to last night. So I felt bad for the guy when I saw him standing by himself [note how I resisted the tempation to mock that moment of humanistic hubris -ed] and went over to see what cocktail party banter might yield in the way of global understanding. (I began with, and remain committed to, the admittedly controversial hypothesis that Wolfowitz is a genuinely misguided idealist

Publius Pundit reporting

Publius Pundit reporting

: There were rumors of a coup attempt in Syria. Publius Pundit debunked them.