Art Pottery, Politics and Food
Sunday, January 11, 2004
A tedious argument
Of insidious intent...


RUSSERT--When we had the big Internet bubble and everyone was saying, “The Internet’s the wave of the future”… suddenly people said, “How do we make money off the Internet?” The question here is: Will the people who use the Internet, and talk to the blogs, will they show up on caucus night? Will they show up to vote?
…At the end of 2002, Howard Dean himself said, “What’s a blog?

TODD: Ooh. But—yeah.

RUSSERT: He did not know much about the Internet. It’s Joe Trippi, his campaign manager, who actually surfs the Net, reads the blogs and steals—not steals, borrows—ideas from them. Right…looking at these blogs, I was somewhat taken by the similarity…“‘Immature poets imitate,’ said T.S. Eliot. ‘Mature poets steal.’”

Watching poor bloated Timmy, I was further reminded of Eliot:

Should I, after tea and cakes and ices,
Have the strength to force the moment to its crisis?
But though I have wept and fasted, wept and prayed,
Though I have seen my head [grown slightly bald] brought in upon a platter,
I am no prophet—and here’s no great matter;
I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker,
And I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker,
And in short, I was afraid.

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