Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The worst part is over

I've watched the whole fucking "diavlog", in installments, and I'm going to put up three posts on the fun (Nutella will probably join in on the religion section later). The first post, which you're reading, is general thoughts and highlights from the first 45 mins or so. The second will be an in depth examination of the 15 minutes MM and AA spent discussing "trolls" and why they both engender such frequent and heated criticism. This will run long, n might have to be broken into two parts. The final post will be an as brief as possible somewhat serious response to the self-serving critiques MM and AA offer. I'm not particularly phased by their assertions, but they give the ground to reinforce a few points that are worth making periodically, such as why this blog isn't titled "Shut up, Megan McArdle".

On then to general reflections and the first half. Let's get the mandatory lookism based assaults out of the way first.
Megan looks like a little boy with her hair pulled back that way, and not in a theoretically flattering androgynous way. Ann Althouse (who I am not and will remain in a state of not existing as for the duration of this post, thus not requiring me to repeatedly state the fact) seems to have found the perfect distance from her webcam for her face to look like it's in focus without actually being in focus, saving her a great deal of prep time.
The lookism requirement met, we can move on to note that Megan says "sort of" in every other sentence she utters in the entire fucking hour of dual monologists pretending to have a conversation. Every 10th time or so she substitutes "kind of", but there's always a qualifier, a weasel word left in so she can back out of damn near every single assertion she offers in the whole session in case anyone ever brings it up later. Ann appears to be engaged in at least two other activities during the hour, at times clearly not actually listening to Megan in favor of typing on a computer. Watching this makes me understand much more clearly how Ann has survived and even thrived in academia. She knows which motions to go through, how to seem like she's paying attention to something she doesn't give a shit about, and how to condescend in a way that seems almost caring. Urgh.

There's lots of stupid in the first 45 minutes, of course, but I only have it in me to relive a few greatest hits right now. Ann has a great line around 2:40 in where she claims Obama is kind of boring when he speaks "if you think about it the wrong way", and another good bit at about 14:15 where she talks about how people call her crazy and a drunk, to which Megan responds "don't give in to the haters".
Later the ladies bring up the Edwards affair, agree they shouldn't talk about it out of respect for Elizabeth, then proceed to talk about it for 3-4 minutes.
At 36:04 Megan says "fucking moron". She wasn't actually calling anyone that, I just want to note she swore and thus now automatically loses all future debates.
At 38:25 Megan claims a large number of evolution advocates "just don't grok the scientific method". I would make a joke about this if I wasn't exhausted.
Better snark in the morning, right now I'm drained.

5 comments:

bulbul said...

I would make a joke about this if I wasn't exhausted.
No problem, we'll wait. This one calls for your snark-fu.

Mrs. McArdle said...

At least switch to the filters, Megan. JFC, she's hacking like Lucille Ball. And half the time she doesn't even cover her mouth. Not to mention the fact that she's obviously dreadfully hungover. Does she really think no one notices?

clever pseudonym said...

Don't give in to the haters. Just spend fifteen minutes talking about how you don't let it bother you, all the while condescendingly rolling your eyes at the absurdity that someone would dare to criticize you. Only address the minority worst-case scenarios and avoid mentioning any constructive, legitimate criticism about the quality of your writing. Game plan!

Where in the hell do they even get off asking stuff like "why us?" as if every other political blog out there hasn't had some toss up with a troll? Are they really so vain and self-obsessed that they think they are unique in having to deal with this stuff?

I'll make it short for you, ladies. You're shallow, vain, self-important, arrogant and convinced of some elitist superiority that you just plain don't have. your writing is sloppy, pretentious, badly edited, ill-thought out rubbish and you frequently write with grandiose authority on subjects where you clearly have little or no substantive knowlege. Got it, pumpkins? It ain't your looks, the way you do your hair, how much wine you consume a week, where you like to eat, or your gender. It's your utter lack of talent and shockingly boring mediocrity in taste, style and delivery.

MoeLarryAndJesus said...

"At 36:04 Megan says "fucking moron". She wasn't actually calling anyone that, I just want to note she swore and thus now automatically loses all future debates."

This made me laugh like a motherfucker.

spencer said...

It's your utter lack of talent and shockingly boring mediocrity in taste, style and delivery.

Is there any way someone can go over to Althouse's and McArdle's apartments and etch this sentence into their bathroom mirrors?