Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 8:08 pm

“If Ebay replaced the classifieds and Craigslist replaced the want ads, this showed what might replace the funny pages.”*

Filed under: Fun,Geek-related issues — Lex @ 8:08 pm
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Most days, The Atlantic and Twitter are alike in all the wrong ways — shallow, repetitive, largely irrelevant. Recently, though, a pseudonymous artist created a Twitter feed that, within the 140-characters-per-tweet constraints of the medium, achieved, I would argue, the status of literature: @MayorEmanuel, a satiric take on the real-life Chicago mayoral campaign of foul-mouthed former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.

Moreover, in this article, The Atlantic not only outs (with his consent) the creator of @MayorEmanuel, it also shows how the feed’s creator both used and transcended the medium, as Frank Sinatra did with the 45, Pink Floyd did with the LP and Bruce Springsteen’s “Live 1975-85” did with the CD, to provide insight into Chicago electoral politics, satire, a rich and highly developed character arc and a well-deserved dopeslapping of Michelle Malkin, capped with an ending worthy of Arthur C. Clarke. A reasonably high percentage of comments (including the one that provided the title for this post) further enrich our understanding and enjoyment of this phenomenon.

(Did you notice my characterization of Rahm Emanuel above as “foul-mouthed”? Both @MayorEmanuel and the Atlantic article contain oh, so-NSFW language. You’ve been warned.)

True, 99.99% of what you read on Twitter, including my stuff, is crap. @MayorEmanuel makes all the rest worthwhile, and maybe it will inspire others to do more with the medium. And maybe The Atlantic will realize more of its potential and stop wasting electrons on worthless hacks like McMegan.

OK, I made up that last part. It’ll never happen. But a guy can dream.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 8:43 pm

SO far ahead of the curve

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 8:43 pm

I ended up at the bottom of this flow chart ALL THE TIME in high school … and texting hadn’t even been invented yet.

Friday, December 17, 2010 8:37 pm

Blog OS weirdness; or, Dude, where’s my Twitter link?

Filed under: Housekeeping — Lex @ 8:37 pm
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John Cole at Balloon Juice has a special tag, FYWP — if you know what that means and I think ¬†you do — for problems caused at that blog by the WordPress blogging system, which is the same one I use. Now, Balloon Juice’s traffic is orders of magnitude higher than mine, so I would not be surprised if that traffic creates occasional problems, some bordering on existential.

I switched from Blogger to WP several years ago because Blogger had been having what I thought were way too many outages, even for a free service. There was one significant tradeoff: the ability, at no charge, to change the RSS in your blog. The payoff was far more reliable service — I think this was back in the days before Google had bought Blogger.

All of which is just me indulging a bit in what’s left of my memory and has nothing to do with my main point, which is: When you call up a post on this blog as its own page (if you’ve never done that, you do it by clicking on the title of a post), you see a bunch of “sharing” widgets at the bottom that allow you to do such things as tweet about the post, post it to your Facebook account, e-mail the link to someone and so forth. For the past couple of days, the Twitter widget has been disappearing and reappearing without obvious explanation. Any other WordPress users know what’s up with that?


Friday, November 7, 2008 9:54 am

I feel like this sometimes

Filed under: Odds 'n' ends — Lex @ 9:54 am
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“What the world needs is ‘antisocial media,’ sites where people who aren’t comfortable with others can get together and ignore each other.”

— Kevin Horrigan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, on Twittering.

I Twitter, although almost exclusively for work and not as often as I should. I update my Facebook status more often, but not necessarily every day. I’m on LinkedIn, again for work, and I’m on MySpace, although I haven’t logged in in weeks. (I’m not a big fan of MySpace — the search function is atrocious. Also, there’s another Lex Alexander there — a Christian rapper, apparently.)

I understand the importance of social media, but — and I know this is both heresy and completely uncharacteristic of how I’ve lived the last 14 years of my life — I’m not looking for more reasons/ways to spend time online. You may now commence hurling pixelated tomatoes.

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