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Friday, August 16, 2002:

I have to chime in on Brenden Nyhan's screed against MWO because it is funny, if you have a sick sense of humor like mine.

Brenden sounds exactly like a jilted lover who doesn't realize that once you become jealous, obsessive, and abusive, as long as the other side is a mature adult with a modicum of self assuredness, the relationship is over. Forever.

While I have to give the kids at "Spinsanity" props for their self-promotion, it is hard to tell if they have figured out that despite selling their souls to Salon, they aren't going to get where they want to go. The internet bubble popped, Salon is going under, and the blogging world has swamped their plans for using the internet to achieve media stardom. To make a long story short, there is simply too much good work out there for them to compete.

Brenden, I hate to break it to you, but you aren't impressing anyone with your analysis, most of which points out that which is self-evident, (sometimes correctly, sometimes not). The vast bulk of what you shamelessly call "reporting" is obviously regurgitated from other sources (MWO included). Since you obviously wanted more than anything to play in the TV and print world, don't kid yourself. Measured against the adults you are apparently trying to impress, your real world experience is limited and there are now at least a hundred blogs who do exactly what you do, only better. If Drudge wasn't the first and last to go from the net to the tube, there are at least a hundred others lined up in front of you. The game is over.

if you really want to break in, you have three choices: 1) shamelessly sell out to the right, 2) do something worthy that the powers that be can't ignore, like get someone elected or write a book, or 3) get a shitty entry level job with a media company that has at some point turned a profit, and work your way up.

In the meantime, quit pretending that you are reaching anything near an audience that puts you on par with an after midnight cable talk show. If you are going to continue to write on the web, get off your high horse and admit to yourself that the only reason to do it is for shits and giggles. You aren't some sort of celebrity. You aren't making any money writing this kind of crap. You are a kid with a modem. If you want to impress us, go out in the real world and do something.

Common Sense // 1:27 AM

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Common Sense // 12:27 AM

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