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Ooh, gag me with a spoon.
But the Post and its editors, like much of the right-wing noise machine, seem to think it's their job to add as much insult to injury as possible.
But what I've really been wanting is the "F*ck off and die" button.
Okay, I've read it. It's magnificent. I don't think any other single essay I've ever read has managed to capture so much of what I find horrifying and repulsive about American society. I expect it will be met with a greasy tsunami of smarm, and I hope, as Scocca presumably hopes, that "smarm" will become at least as widely used as "snark." We've had terms for various aspects of smarm - concern trolling, Pollyannaism, etc. - but Scocca not only helps us see the whole that is grosser than the sum of its parts but also gives us a nice, evocative term for it. I expect this essay will eventually be anthologized alongside such dreadfully "negative" - and therefore, according to Gladwell, Denby, et al., of no enduring interest - works as Orwell's "Politics and the English language." (It will be a pity if the anthologizers omit the recurring image of Thumper, although I suppose Gawker may hear from Team Rodent's army of lawyers about that.)
By the way, against my better judgment and risking outrage overdose, I read the comments on that stupid WaPo piece. And they're actually good! For example: "Everyone is writing about the success of these sites. Meanwhile, an article you NEVER see is: People Just LOVE Social News Sites. People don't. People, by and large, HATE them." And: "This stuff is ADD chicken nuggets. Social spam. And it's not going to drive sales to any of their advertisers."
I'm sorry, but Scocca's piece will have to wait until this afternoon, as I have already experienced this morning's Maximum Acceptable Dose (MAD) of outrage.
Just glancing at it raises my blood pressure.
Another useful word destroyed by hucksters.
"thinking about the phrase 'looky-lou,' wondering if anyone used it anymore": Well, Donald Fagen used it on his album "Sunken condos" last year...in a song set during Prohibition. So yeah, it's a bit archaic.
I'm always pleased to see that polyamory, which according to what Richard Cohen would doubtless call "conventional views" is unpossible, continues to exist.
"Maybe one of the book's greatest triumphs is to make me interested in a whole chapter about things that happen in Houston." That's a great line. So great, in fact, I may just have to read this book, since I find it hard to imagine being interested in a whole chapter about things that happen in Houston.