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Thursday, August 03, 2006


The Blogger's Prayer

"This, then, is how you should pray:"
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done
in the blogosphere as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily post.
Forgive us our snark,
as we also have forgiven those who snark against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from gossip and self-absorption and porn.*
For yours is the blogosphere and the platform and the readership.

*Everyone knows the internet is full of pornography, but check out these statistics.

I wish every Christian who gets publically annoyed about the ICRS would get at least as publically annoyed about porn.

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Psh, what good is the internet if you can't be snarky?

(Answer: no good)
Ok, ok. You caught me. You know I love being snarky myself. The honest truth is, I just wanted to use the word "snark." And I was thinking of Copyblogger's Snarker's Manifesto.

To be fair, it got me in trouble plenty of times when I was teaching.

One year, I had a student send me a hate letter 6 months after she had graduated. Now that is some serious grudge holding. What made her so mad? She misunderstood my playfulness--which wasn't even as sarcastic as I got with some students, like you. I would just use her for examples in sentences, that sort of thing. I used many other students as examples in the same way.

Let's just say we all snark at our own risk.

And those of us who do snark and use sarcasm, we need to remember how hard it is to see a wink in written prose. Unless you use those annoying wingdings ; )

I hope SA is treating you well. Thanks for keeping in touch.

(Also, did you check out this post? The editors of that magazine used to work for Adbusters.)
Yeah, I did, I've got this place bookmarked so I'm updated and all that.

It's funny, the internet takes away a lot of the emotional weight of live spoken conversation and so a lot of the dialogue is really snippy and combative. IT'S AWESOME. It's a bunch of grown people trying to win the internet by getting the last word in a oneupmanship battle. WHO WILL BE KING INTERNET SMART GUY? KEEP YOUR FACE GLUED TO COMMENTS SECTIONS AND MESSAGE BOARDS.

And there is nothing annoying about winkies ;) ;) ;)

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