June 25, 2004

Web Wanderings

Ya gotta love this guy...and this one for sheer ballsiness.

Finding the dumbest Michael Moore quote is an odious task, but John Hawkins obliged with a host of clangers that sum up Moore's success:

"(Americans) are possibly the dumbest people on the planet ... in thrall to conniving, thieving, smug pr*cks. We Americans suffer from an enforced ignorance. We donít know about anything thatís happening outside our country. Our stupidity is embarrassing.Ē

Which leads one ask who is responsible for producing a nation of idiots? Is this not a condemnation of the media and educational establishment?

Speaking of conspiracies...there's this.

Lileks sums up Al Gore's latest foray into incoherency.

Finally: yesterday we had fun with Rex Reed, whoís a gassy dolt. Glib Nazi comparisons. Ooh! Naughty. But today we had something different; today Al Gore upped the ante. He coined a new term for the Internet critics of his positions: digital brownshirts. Yes, yes, itís over the top. But itís not the sentiment that raises eyebrows, itís the position of the person whoís saying it. We donít expect presidential candidates past or present to indulge in Usenet flame-war lingo. We donít expect serious party elders to call the other side Nazis, and for good reason: itís obscene. The brownshirts were evil. The brownshirts kicked the Jews in the streets and made the little kids put their hands on their heads as they stumbled off to the trains. The brownshirts were not interested in refuting arguments. They were interested in killing the people who dared argue at all.

At some point, I fear, the political discourse of 2004 is going to seem horribly irrelevant and misplaced in the face of some loud new wretched horror; it will seem as oddly disconnected from reality as the Condit / Killer-Shark news reports of August 2001. An indolent luxury.

Digital stormtroopers. Tell me again whoís stifling debate? Remind me again whoís questioning peopleís patriotism?

Odd that the man who invented the Internet hasn't heard of Godwin's Law, Gordon's Restatement or Morgan's Corollary. Perhaps Michael Moore has given us a cinematic corollary: Moore's Syllogism: when the premise is expressed in film, the conclusion, whether true or false, is represented as fact by it's existence.

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