Monday, February 2, 2009


I've been receiving a flurry of correspondence regarding the Culture11 debate. Here is a selection.

GEC writes...
The little flame war over Culture 11 amused me. I agree with you completely--that site was practically unreadable.

Bob in Bristol, TN writes...
Didn't you link to a couple of articles at Culture11 that you enjoyed?

I did like Cheryl's article on Chuck Todd a great deal, but that in no way made up for the overwhelming suckage.

Chris writes...
Can you provide examples of the supposed self-referential hipness?

I'm not going to waste my time. Either you see it or you don't. If I start bringing up examples, then the focus will be on those specific words when it was a meta problem with the tone of the entire site.

Why don't you just shut the fuck up? Culture11 was better than your pathetic little blog ever will be.

Better in what way? I am a lot of things, not all of them good or nice. I can be petty, stupid, and annoying. In general, I can be an asshole. However, I will not get caught in the trap of thinking that my blog is hip. It's a fucking blog that I often write in my fucking underwear. I have no aspirations for it to be anything else. So, you can find fault with a great many things with this blog. Its immaturity. Its gratuitous profanity. Its lack of coherent thought. But there's nothing more annoying than somebody thinking they're cool when they're not. Scratch that. There is. Somebody thinking they're cool when they're not, and then writing pieces imbued, permeated, and inundated with a tone of superiority emanating from that delusion.

Edit: I forgot one.

It is easy to pick on a failed project. Where was your criticims when it began?

My criticism goes back to October 30th referring to an exchange between Shawn Macomber and Conor Friedersdorf, which was after I gave the site the benefit of the doubt.

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