February 17th, 2005

JOY

My girl Peggy holdin' it down

PEGGY NOONAN

The Blogs Must Be Crazy


"Salivating morons." "Scalp hunters." "Moon howlers." "Trophy hunters." "Sons of Sen. McCarthy." "Rabid." "Blogswarm." "These pseudo-journalist lynch mob people."

This is excellent invective. It must come from bloggers. But wait, it was the mainstream media and their maidservants in the elite journalism reviews, and they were talking about bloggers!

Those MSMers have gone wild, I tell you! The tendentious language, the low insults. It's the Wild Wild West out there. We may have to consider legislation.

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I have seen friends savaged by blogs and winced for them--but, well, too bad. I've been attacked. Too bad. If you can't take it, you shouldn't be thinking aloud for a living. The blogosphere is tough. But are personal attacks worth it if what we get in return is a whole new media form that can add to the true-information flow while correcting the biases and lapses of the mainstream media? Yes. Of course.
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"That sucks, sir."

The big boss's son, on leave from the military, is in the office today borrowing the boss's office and computer to get some stuff done. He has the family genetic trait of talking loudly on the phone with the office door open, but unlike his father, who is only amusing after work when his phone voice has switched to his casual voice and curses and swears begin to flow naturally from him, this guy is an awesome listen.

He talks with the clipped rhythm of a military man, yet his words are magically infused with colloquial slang: "yes, sir. I'll have that for you shortly...ok, cool, sir. ... Yes. That sucks, sir. ... Thank you sir. Talk ta' ya later."

Its as if the young man and the soldier are two entirely separate entities forced to share the same space, and their words are mushing together.
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