Monday, June 18, 2007

Never Met A Rule He Didn't Like


I know this little boy, Andrew Keen, is just a Br'er Rabbit Tar Baby, itching to be thrown into the briar patch so he can sell some books, but ok... let's throw him in and scratch away! The only way to even begin to preserve what only the few really care to preserve at this point, Keen's clarion call to defend the honor of MSM, would be via massive levels of government cultural intervention... to the point of banning anonymous commenting on blogs, apparently.

Really, Mr. Keen doesn't resemble so much the contentious Br'er Rabbit as he does Laura Mallory, a person clamoring to be taken seriously, through benefit of that perceived "unbiased" media lens, by restricting some thing that has become part of the cultural mainstream on their watch, but of course without their permission. At what point did Keen or Mallory become anointed from on-high to go about and do the nation's cultural morality business? There is garden-variety narcissist; then there are these culture-sensibility clowns.


As we head to the July 11 premier of The Order of The Phoenix, let us not forget that Umbridge-esque behavior, that hyper-zealous drive to preserve a crumbling status quo, will drive people not only to despair, but to desperate action. To write laughably outrageous books as well.

7 comments:

Justin Kownacki said...

And yet... every time one of us blogs about the absurdity of Keen (etc.), it validates him just a little more in OUR neck of the (media) woods.

The best way to deal with children who throw tantrums is to reprimand them swiftly and then expect them to live responsible lives based upon improved awareness, no?

vveerrgg said...

He'll be sad to see the innovations that are coming when people start using their celphones as their information/internet hub. times are changing...

Grayson said...

Yeah, Verg. I'm sure a lot of people are going to be buying newspaper (paper) subscriptions with their new iPhones. Or buying ads in MSM with 'em?

Not a chance.

Amber said...

In the NPR interview, Keen used the word "meritocracy" in total seriousness. I think that was my favorite part.

And no, Justin, I do not agree w/ that meme about, "if you talk about them it validates them." No, maybe you talk about them because they're a fucking moron.

Grayson said...

Yeah, a meritocracy so fair that Kathy Scrugg is dead now, and the editor who was fucking her still has his job!

Tell that meritocracy crap to Richard Jewell.

Mike said...

Wow, what a crackpot. I mean, really. I can't believe this guy is actually serious.

I agree with amber...the whole 'meritocracy' lie; I mean if you're going to be so far off as to play scarecrow, you may as well pervert some terminology while you're at it.

Amber said...

LOL!! Look what a commenter on Keen's blog wrote! This is just too damn funny...

Is it possible your book will give me some hope that we will someday see a rebirth of intellectual life in western society? Can the Internet be used to combat the intellectual anarchy that it is now being perpetuated in our newspapers, blogs, magazines and other media? Is it wrong to be an elitist when it comes to things intellectual and cultural?

DAMN. When these people travel by plane, do they have to book an extra seat for their ego? 'Cause it sure as shit won't fit in the overhead bin. I hope they fly first class... bigger seats. (Oh, what a silly thing to say... of COURSE they fly first class!)