Not much blogging lately, although I have kept busy on a couple of other sites and a private bulletin board. In the meantime, though, I've run across the following things I found interesting:
- Once you dig down to the bottom of the James Dobson/Spongebob thing, it's really not that big a deal. Dobson is quite right to note that others are trying to get certain beliefs into kids' heads through association with the most nonthreatening characters. I am certain the campaign is deliberate and that there's a good bit of cynicism thrown in with the diversity drive. But with all that said, this still seems a tempest in a teapot.
- Robear at MissionMind has interesting take on reaction of Democrats and the MSM to the rise of conservative talk-radio and the right side of the blogosphere. I admit bias, but I certainly don't see my guys reacting toward Air America and Daily Kos with the same sense of threatened self-image.
- Wretchard at the Belmont Club gives another example of the power of the blogosphere in which one blogger not only beats two reporters (with the power of a major magazine behind them) to the punch but also does a better job of analysis when he gets there.
- A very good Troll definition. I must be wary about feeding these guys.
- Mary Katharine Ham compares blogging to local sports reporting. It's one of the best analogies I've seen, both in terms of the role of the writer and the nature of the surrounding community. It gives an interesting angle: the problem with the MSM is that it's too big so that it defines the mainstream without ever swimming in it. This doesn't even play to the red-blue state thing; it's just noting that big-time "journalists" aren't close to their story anymore. Bloggers are. A must-read.
- Oh, I have had such fun with The Case of the Ransomed Action Figure. I think the best roundup comes from Instapundit. But I also love Scrappleface's take and the Toy Soldiers piece on TechCentralStation. Best line: "After taking several crash language courses at the Army facility in Monterrey, I could speak all the major tongues. Monchichi. Teddy Bear. Cabbage Patch. Smurf." What a beautiful thing. But the most important observation may come from Powerline (no surprise there.) It reminds me of a line from Mark Twain: "Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand."
Coming tomorrow (hopefully): some thoughts on the delightfully disruptive power of democracy (subtitled, "Why Bickering Is Good For The World.")