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Archive for "Jun 27 2011"

Moar crap from the Vault

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They Don’t Understand: They Will Be First Against the Wall if We Have a Culture War

The New York Times’ David Carr drops the mask, and lives out artist Saul Steinberg’s classic 1976 “View of the World from 9th Avenue” New Yorker cover. But the view from the Times’ editorial bullpen is a curious paradox, isn’t it? On an episode of Mad Men, I believe it was John Slattery’s Roger Sterling character who quipped something like, “If only we didn’t have to deal with clients, advertising would be a great business, eh?” Similarly, the New York Times wants to hold itself out as The Paper of Record — yet absolutely loathes the people who consume their product — and especially hates its potential readers, who have been driven away by such elitism.

In the aftermath of the 2004 election, James Lileks neatly summed up the attitude of coastal “progressives,” in a sort of text version of Steinberg’s cartoon:

Once upon a time the major media at least pretended that the heart & soul of the country was a porch in Kansas with an American flag. Now it’s the outlands, the Strange Beyond. They vote for Bush, they believe in God, they’d have to drive 2 hours for decent Thai. Who are these people?

via Ed Driscoll » The View of the World from Pinch Avenue.

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The Igloo Nostalgia Tour Continues….

From the Folks Who Brung Y’All the Intarweb.

(aside): I have modems older than a bunch of you dolts.

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