Athena, Goddess of Wisdom. Devi. The Buddha. Moses. Jesus. Mohammed. Guru Nanak. Mother Ann Lee. Andrew Sullivan. http://t.co/7PDXlGXuh2
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) February 2, 2015
The fanbois begged, they wept, they sent embarrassing word-pics pledging their undying love and devotion… but it was not enough. Andrew Sullivan is taking down the Dish, come Friday. Although, as always, his GBCW comes with a promotion-friendly caveat:
… And yes, the conversation will continue – just not in this form and not in this place. The Dish, after all, is a very new media invention. It’s less an institution than an organism – a living breathing creature that is more than the sum of its parts. It’s you and me and life and the Dish team all living and thinking and writing together in real time through the twists and eddies of history… And we’ve tended to it like a living organism, listening to its intimations, letting it take us where it wants us to go, always innovating but also retaining core elements that never change. Once you start dismantling bits of it, or removing parts of its DNA, or reconstituting it without me, you risk an unraveling. The Dish’s legacy deserves better.
As for you and us, we will stay in touch. We have 30,000 email addresses – and we’ll reach out to you as the team goes on to new projects and as I figure out my own future…
I had refrained, until now, from quoting Professor Krugman on “Floor Waxes, Dessert Toppings, and Blogging“:
I see from Ezra Klein that Andrew Sullivan says that he’s stopping blogging; Klein and others are offering various encomiums. You’ll pardon me if I don’t join in. You see, I remember Sullivan declaring that the “decadent left” was poised to become a fifth column in the war on terror — and of course I remember the campaign of character assassination he waged against yours truly for daring to criticize his then-beloved George W. Bush and his wars. If he ever apologized for any of that, I never heard about it…
… I think you’re missing a crucial part of the history of political blogging if you fail to acknowledge the importance, back in the early 2000s, of right-wing warbloggers — which is where Sullivan started. You hardly hear about most of these people now, but for a while cheering on the Rumsfeld doctrine and giving it to lily-livered liberals was a big part of what the blogosphere — certainly the part given any attention by mainstream news media — was about…
Krugman goes on to say smart things (and provide interesting links) concerning the way modern blogging involves the “tension between maintaining a conversational feel and producing pieces that can be read on their own… you can, with effort, maintain a blogging style that makes regular readers feel that they’re part of an ongoing conversation yet makes individual posts meaningful to people who aren’t reading everything you write. A blog can be a floor wax and a dessert topping, if you work at it…”
And that is why, even though I don’t pretend to understand his more advanced economic lectures, I would genuinely miss reading Paul Krugman’s blog.
Apart from closing internet chapters, what’s on the agenda for the new day?