Against Parasitism: Bring Us Acidophilus!

October 2, 2006 at 1:00 am 3 comments

cholera_01.jpg Cholera.

A frustrated Malcolm Gladwell tugged at his fuzzy head and began to wail against the “parasites,” his assessment of bloggers. “Without mainstream-media types upon which to feed, they’d wither and die.”

At least that’s how I remember it. Gladwell had been on the dais with Arianna Huffington, Norm Pearlstine and Jacob Weisberg to celebrate Slate‘s 10th anniversary and to debate the future of media. My heart leapt at his rant. Three months later, and now a blogger myself, am firmer in my assent to his dissent. Smell a disconnect? Not if you lift your sniffer starward, mates.

Too often, blogs are nothing more than bacteria coasting on waste, waiting to infest the media stream, resulting in a choleric culture of the cut-down. The hyped “conversation” being no better [or worse] than that produced by neighborhood scolds, Cassandras and coffee shop layabouts. I suggest we avoid the haunts of such “let’s pile on and kvetch” creatures.

Building an alternative cyberculture requires more effort, however.

Just as my last post urged industry and self-reliance, this plea is for a parallel positivism.

No, no, no. I don’t mean an enforced “Up With People” proviso. Please. My favorite writer’s column was called “The Misanthrope’s Corner.”

What blogs should be are exchanges of ideas.

Original, insightful musings.

Scathing critiques with thoughts on how a putrid policy, book, class, movie, etc., could be done better.

Since I must continue with the bacterial analogy, let’s bring forth some blog acidophilus. This bacterial family, best known for giving yogurt its marketing hook, improves intestinal flora [flowers! nice!] and, more importantly, improves elimination [yes, let’s do speed away all the mind-clouding, tummy-twisting shite]. 

In other words, stop with the rehashing; start cooking from scratch.

We’ll all be better nourished for it.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. fiercetalk  |  October 5, 2006 at 12:41 am

    i love your analogies. they add so much to your already poignant posts.

    Reply
  • 2. veronicacorningstone  |  October 5, 2006 at 3:16 pm

    Made me think… Thanks Lady
    I’m adding you to my blogroll.

    Reply
  • 3. joybergmann  |  October 5, 2006 at 4:59 pm

    Thanks, ladies.

    Reply

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