October 8, 2008

Last night's debate

Watching the presidential debates last night was only made tolerable by participating in The Uptake's
live blog. I also tried to follow on Twitter, but the constant stream of messages just gave me vertigo. I don't think I'm up to that kind of multitasking. I love the live microblogging, though, especially as I read comments over at the Uptake that were thoughtful, sharp, funny. I was also interested in reports of audience reactions from people who were blogging from bars and coffee houses.

For me the defining moment came at the very end, with everybody trying to get in front of the camera and Tom Brokaw annoyed because the candidates were blocking the teleprompter:

Having taught rhetoric and debate for many years, I have very low expectations of what they call "debate" in a presidential election. Brokaw kept scolding both Obama and McCain for not staying within time limits, but it just reminded me he could've scolded them for so many other reasons. Not really answering a lot of the questions, for one. Repeating the same old talking points. All in all, I wasn't very impressed with Brokaw as moderator for the non-debate.

September 15, 2007

But where are the funny cats?

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July 31, 2007

I Can Haz Theory?

Josh didn't start it, but this is definitely his fault:

Donna Haraway, LOLTheorist:


June 24, 2007

La Nueva Cocina On a Stick?

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May 13, 2007

Free Butter Boy and Butter Girl!


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May 12, 2007

Scenes from Hell


Lynn Randolph, Annunciation of the Second Coming, oil on canvas, 1995.

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April 4, 2007

"The Basics" for Cats and Dogs

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March 18, 2007

The banana that leaves the bunch gets skinned

This Sunday in the New York Times:

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Mistakes Were Made
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The item that caught my attention was about Chiquita Brands International (formerly known as the United Fruit Company). According to the item, Chiquita was "fined $25 million to settle charges that it illegally paid a right-wing militia to protect its banana plantations in Colombia." "Behind the News" didn't provide the most satisfactory explanation:

"Much of the countryside is beyond government control, and it is not unusual for foreign companies operating there to buy protection from shady groups."

Is the reader supposed to accept this explanation because it's common knowledge that part of the world is violent? Would it have been all right if Chiquita bought protection, but not from "drug-dealing terrorists"? But what kind of "shady groups" would pose a threat to a fruit plantation? Competitors? Unions, perhaps?

The Chiquita Web site is rife with irony and historical revisionism.

March 11, 2007

Baudrillard, um, "dies"

"Dying is pointless. You have to know how to disappear." More on the disappearance of Jean Baudrillard...

Well Played, New York Times

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March 10, 2007

Reorganizing My Library

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February 25, 2007



February 24, 2007

Not Harmony, but Unleashing Creative Dissonance

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December 14, 2006

On the nature of style

"Words are weeds--pioneers, opportunists and survivors..."

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