Posted on | May 27, 2010 | 13 Comments
Just switched the FMJRA Award to The Classic Liberal, which is a good excuse for a brief Rule 2 seminar. Earlier today, I got an e-mail from a journalist who was doing a story about how the Dale Petersen video went “viral.” The reporter asked me why I called out Gawker for failing to give me a hat-tip on the video:
Adrien Chen at Gawker can’t bring himself to give me a hat-tip for being the first to blog about “The Most American Thing Ever Made,” but I’ll count this as one more uncredited mitzvah for the Clown Prince of the Right-Wing Blogosphere.
I linked Gawker in the process of taking notice of the non-hat-tip, and made a joke of it, because I don’t want to become one of those humorless bloggers — no need to name names — who spend way too much time compiling their Enemies List.
My own Enemies List is extremely short, not because I’m so merciful and magnanimous, but because I did too much dope back in the ’70s and don’t have enough spare memory cells to keep track of every douchebag who has screwed me over. Much less do I have time to keep track of the douchebags who have screwed over my friends. So I’ll sometimes link a douchebag and accidentally piss off my friends who expect me to keep track of their Enemies List.
Lots of my friends consider Dave Weigel a douchebag, for example. But I know Dave, we’ve covered the same stories — including the insane crucible of NY-23 — and he is the only big-time MSM blogger who includes me on his blogroll. Just imagine how that must piss off Charles Johnson, and you understand that Weigel can’t possibly be more than 97% douchebag. So there is at least some hope for his redemption before he reaches Rule 6 territory.
It takes persistent effort to make my Enemies List. Very few people can devote the kind of career-long effort that David Brooks has made toward becoming the Douchebag King and even Brooks occasionally writes something that isn’t completely wrong. The world would still be a better place if Brooks were air-dropped from a C-130 over Waziristan without a parachute, but that’s not necessarily the first thing on my “to do” list when I seize total power in a coup d’etat and become Maximum Leader of the revolutionary junta.
My e-mail reply to the inquiring journalist involved a brief discouse on Rule 2 as an expression of the beneficial networking effects of reciprocal linkage, my concept of the blogosphere as a collaborative enterprise, “No Blog Is An Island,” etc. When I finished with that e-mail, I resolved to deliver the FMJRA Award to the most recent blog to have trackbacked here.
The Classic Liberal was the lucky linker, and I want to take the opportunity to praise the general design of his site. It’s clean and simple, with a nice overall look. It is easy to read — the type isn’t eye-straining small — with lots of links.
Good blogging, in other words. And he linked here, which is the very essence of good blogging in my book.
After the coup d’etat, there will only be so many crew members on that C-130 to Waziristan, and the Maximum Leader will be in charge of deciding who gets the honor of kicking the payload out the rear door. Keep that in mind.