By which I mean, no one is ever gonna get fed up with sports bloggers writing sports blog posts about the whole “sports blogs” debate. Right?
I’m actually starting to wonder if this isn’t all a diabolical PR campaign – viral marketing, is that what the kids call it? – for Buzz Bissinger’s planned book about the blogosphere. I mean, he’s already had to put more than three nights into discussing this.
So anyway, this week Adam Reilly of the Boston Phoenix weighed in on the subject, but I am gonna go ahead and jump straight to Salon.com’s King Kaufman, whose post-mortem pretty much eviscerates the geezer.
Right, Buzz. Young people, they don’t appreciate nothing. Five thousand years of Western civilization, people revering good writing and not caring about gossip, and it all suddenly stops with the generation right after yours. What a tough break, you still needing to make a living and all, with your good writing and stuff….
Then Bissinger goes from get-off-my-lawn crotchetiness to dangerous whack-jobbery. “They cover themselves under the mantle of the First Amendment,” he says about bloggers who supposedly “proudly parade around saying, ‘We don’t need no stinking credibility or stinking information.'” Then: “But if John Adams and Thomas Jefferson had any idea what the First Amendment would have wrought, they would have canceled it.”
If that isn’t dumber than anything any blogger’s ever written, I’ll eat Buzz’s reading glasses. The ones he used when he read “Jonathan Livingston Seagull,” the best-selling book of 1972 and 1973, back when people cared about writing….
“The good blogs, Bissinger maintains, are the exception,” Reilly writes. “The bad blogs — the ones that privilege glib snideness over reporting and analysis — are the rule. They’re also the most popular. And according to him, they represent the future of the medium.”
Of course bad blogs are the rule. Of course they’re the future of the medium. Bad everything is the rule and the future. Hasn’t Bissinger heard that 90 percent of everything is crap?
At this point I’m just wondering how often Bissinger got on the phone to NBC last year to gripe about Tyra and Landry, or the hot South American home care worker.