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Saturday, July 22, 2006

THE W.A.T.N. FAQ

FAQ
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS BLOG

Thank you for visiting my blog, everyone. I've tried to come up with something at least slightly unique or distinctive at the very least. This F.A.Q. will be changed and updated as time passes and the blog updates and changes.

Your articles cut off at odd places! Indeed they do, because I'm trying to develop interest in what the rest of the article contains. At the bottom of many of my posts is a link that says
Read the rest...
And this can be clicked on to open up the rest of the article. Consider it like unfolding the newspaper to read beneath the fold, or turning to page A10. When you've read it or are uninterested in the rest, you can click on the
...Collapse post
at the bottom. This lets me type huge, long articles without taking up so much space on the main page, lots of blogs use this. If you see that read the rest bit, you've only read a small part of the full post!

What's with the flags up at the top? Each of those flags represents someone who visited my site and was from that nation. I haven't seen everyone because some people have enough security on their computer that didn't let the stat counter see where they were from. The internet is truly international, and I wanted to point that out.

Why don't you post more on the weekends? Weekends end up about half the usual traffic or less because people tend to have other, better things to do than read my blog. I take Sunday completely off, and I try to write a long form article, an essay, each Saturday to give people something to read and consider. If you look at the Weekend Essays portion in the right hand column, there's a list of these so you can read past weeks.

Whats up with all the comments in your posts? In addition to great blog and news articles that are out there, there's a huge wealth of miniature opinion columns being written on every topic around the world. These little articles are written by people on message boards and comment sections, and represent a broader slice of the internet than individual bloggers. Comment sections add a lot to a good blog and can expand considerably on the initial article in their discussion. For more on this, check out my essay Blog as Community. There aren't as many comments on my blog as there used to be, but its still an area of interest.

Who's the little kid in the picture by your profile? That's me, around age 10. I put that up instead of a more contemporary picture because I wanted people to think of me as harmless and cute. Don't hate me!

What's the Doughty Dozen? Doughty means "steadfast and brave" and these are the last 12 blogs that I've linked to on my blog. Rather than having a set blogroll, I decided to do it this way. Some time I might come up with one of those pull-down menu blogrolls and put EVERY blog I've ever linked to - and that's hundreds - but not for a while yet, I think.

Your weather information is different than what's going on outside! Yes, well it's for Salem, Oregon (where I live), so if you live somewhere else, it will likely be different.

What's the Moronosphere? Just a loosely related group of bloggers that met at and read the Ace of Spades HQ blog. Check em out, they are great and have a good sense of humor!

What are those comment types? I'm putting together what Muslihoon calls a sort of Wikipedia database of different kinds of comments that people leave on the internet. Not commenters, but the types of messages they type in. Spam, for instance, is a type of comment, while Spammer is the person who does it. I have many listed in Profiles in Commenting for you to examine if you wish. As time goes on I post a new comment type once in a while. Perhaps some day this will be a standard for defining comments!

What are those boldfaced lines at the top of most of the posts? That's a kind of tag line, something to give a feel for the coming article or that I thought was either fun or insightful.


You use a few terms on your blog often.  What do these mean:

Drum Principle? This refers to a quote by leftist blogger Kevin Drum who read a book by Peter Beinart that questioned leftists like Mr Drum for their lack of criticism of radical Islam (in particular Iran) despite their standing for everything he opposes. He responded this way:
On the one hand, I think Beinart is exactly right. For example, should I be more vocal in denouncing Iran? Sure. It’s a repressive, misogynistic, theocratic, terrorist-sponsoring state that stands for everything I stand against. Of course I should speak out against them.

And yet, I know perfectly well that criticism of Iran is not just criticism of Iran. Whether I want it to or not, it also provides support for the Bush administration’s determined and deliberate effort to whip up enthusiasm for a military strike. Only a naif would view criticism of Iran in a vacuum, without also seeing the way it will be used by an administration that has demonstrated time and again that it can’t be trusted to act wisely.

So what to do? For the most part, I end up saying very little. And Beinart is right: there’s a sense in which that betrays my own liberal ideals. But he’s also wrong, because like it or not, my words — and those of other liberals — would end up being used to advance George Bush’s distinctly illiberal ends. And I’m simply not willing to be a pawn in the Bush administration’s latest marketing campaign.
In essence, he's saying President Bush is the greater evil, and that despite the fact that he is betraying his stated principles, he will ignore these evils, not speak against them, and stay silent because it might help the GOP and President Bush. Thus: the Drum Principle is the tendency of some on the left to betray what they stand for because it might possibly help those they consider the greater danger. It's why feminists stopped criticizing the treatment of women under Islam. It's why homosexuals stopped condemning Iran for killing gays. That's the Drum Principle.

Legacy Media? The Legacy Media is a term I use to refer to old media, what many call the "mainstream media." In technology, legacy tech is something that you used to use and still sometimes rely on, but have largely replaced. Legacy Software, for example, is a computer program that is outdated and has been replaced for the most part, but is retained because changing over completely is too much trouble and people are used to it. The legacy media - old style newspapers, network news, etc - is still around, still serves a sort of purpose, and still is used by some, but has been largely replaced by a superior model.

The legacy media is still useful in its place, but is on its way out and has been replaced by a superior, faster, and more flexible model: the new media. Now instead of waiting for the evening edition of the news, from a specific editorial standpoint, I can get the news as it happens, from dozens of sources, with commentary from various viewpoints, and usually from the location and source rather than filtered through editors and reporters. A car bomb goes off in France, and I can get the news from that town in France within minutes.

And finally...

meWho are you? I'm a freelance artist and writer who lives in Salem Oregon. I'm in my 40s and a Christian, and that's about all that really matters. That's me with my former cat Ash, it's a few years old but you get the idea.

Thank you for dropping by, I hope you are entertained, informed, and interested. If you have any ideas, drop me a line some time. Spam and personal attacks will be cheerfully deleted. If you like what you see here, please add me to your favorites/bookmarks and come back!

2 Comments:

Blogger bathmate said...

I liked it.
Bathmate

2:45 PM, December 21, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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6:06 PM, July 03, 2010  

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