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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Larry David Blogs!

I know how much you all love reading my ramblings, but maybe sometimes you feel like reading the views of someone a little more famous, a little funnier, and a little balder than I.

Well, great news! My beloved Larry David is blogging!

It's all part of The Huffington Post, a sort of uber-blog run by Arianna Huffington. Now we all know that McReadie Nuggets is enhanced by the comments of Taxloss, Hypatia, Fizzwhizz, Sundried, Bernard, Jo and others.

Arianna has obviously stolen this idea and got a few of her buddies to write stuff for her - buddies such as the aforementioned Mr David, Rob Reiner, Walter Cronkite, Larry Gelbart, Peter Mehlman (a producer and writer on "Seinfeld") and Arthur Schlesinger Jr, whose theory of the Imperial Presidency gained me much credit each time I mentioned it in American Politics essays.

It's an impressive collection of great people, admittedly, and I'd understand if you wanted to wander over there to check out their writings. But I think we both know that McReadie Nuggets is where you'll eventually return. The Huffington Post may have Larry David, but will it ever host an indepth discussion of the lyrics to the Pizza Nova jingle? I think not. For that, it's gotta be Nuggets!

10 Comments:

  • At 5:55 PM, Blogger Barbara L. said…

    You know, when it comes to progressive bloggers, my sentiment is generally the more the merrier.

    When it comes to Huffington's site, however, I can't help but feel that its just a political/web version of The Surreal World. The mish-mash of people she has bought together on this site is quite impressive--so impressive, in fact, I think I'm more intested in the group of people she has brought on board rather than what they all have to say about politics. And that is why I'm not sure how successful this blog site will be.

     
  • At 12:06 PM, Blogger McReadie said…

    Hi Barbara,

    Thanks very much for your comment - always good to hear from people!

    I think you're exactly right about Huffington's blog. Now that it's launched, I realise that the interest in it was and is - exactly as you say - in the group of people she's brought together rather than in the political viewpoints being communicated.

    I hate to say it, but reading through the material that's on the site... I'm kind of bored. Once the novelty of seeing a post from, say, Harry Shearer, or Mike Curry, or Julia Louis-Dreyfuss has worn off, you realise that there's a lot of stuff there... But only about 50 words from each contributor. And I think that may be the problem - a lot of interesting people but none of them saying a great deal. And the inability for readers to comment will, I think, become a real problem in time. I've already seen many people pointing out that by not having a comment facility, it's not really a blog. There's no dialogue there, and I think that may be a problem.

    Thanks again for the comment - hope to hear from you again at some point!
    McReadie

    PS. Find your blog interesting, and very interested in your work on online health communities... You mentioned that you're primarily looking at mental health?

     
  • At 5:22 PM, Blogger Fizzwhizz said…

    Well, I've only heard of two of the people in that list, and only know what one of them actually does, whereas I have heard of Hypatia, Taxloss and me. So that means you win on celeb-recognition factor. Plus, why should I care what all those people have to say just coz they're apparently famous? Sod that. It's probably written by their PRs anyway, even if it is political commentary. It is the masses who are the true celebs of the blogosphere!

     
  • At 1:10 AM, Blogger Barbara L. said…

    I haven't checked out the Huffington blog yet. I keep meaning to but I keep getting sidetracked with other things. To be honest, the more I think about the blog, the more depressed it makes me feel. With so many celebrity posters coming and going, I fear that its commentary is going to be very superficial.

    Oh, and on-line health cultures and communities are relatively new area of research for me--I did a work in this area awhile back as an RA for someone else's project, but my own research focus for the past five years has been environmental breast cancer science, politics and activism.

    As part of my teaching on digital cultures, I have been doing informal research on different types of online cultures and communities, but nothing "official." However, in the next few months I'm hoping to solidify my plans to start my first official on-line health community research project, and if the project I have in mind works out, I'll be looking at on-line cultures and communities related to Aspergers syndrome. But I'm also interested in other mental health conditions and their representations on-line--depression/anxiety and eating disorders are two of them.

    Have a good weekend:-)

    Barbara

     
  • At 1:12 AM, Blogger Barbara L. said…

    So I forgot to ask--what are you a writer of?

     
  • At 1:16 AM, Blogger Barbara L. said…

    So another question (I promise this is the last one:-)) When did you post about Jack Bristow? Do you watch Alias? I love Alias and I love my Spydaddy.

     
  • At 4:15 PM, Blogger McReadie said…

    Fizzwhizz - I concur entirely that the stars of the blogosphere are the masses. Seems to me that is the real strength of blogging - allows everyone to have a say.

     
  • At 4:31 PM, Blogger McReadie said…

    Hi Barbara,

    Good to hear from you again!

    As I say, don't think you're missing too much by not checking out the Huffington blog. I'm checking in there relatively regularly, but I have to admit it's only in the hope that Larry David will post once again :) (Sad, yet true).

    Your research sounds very interesting. As you've probably gathered (in fact, I imagine it's how you came across the blog) I'm a sufferer of OCD. When I started up the blog, it was really just to moan about work, and I had no real intention of talking about anxiety disorders, or the treatment I'd undergone. Yet I ultimately found that the blog was a great outlet for all that stuff, and have found others in cyberspace who use their blogs for similar purposes.

    From your blog I gather than you work at a US university?

    No need to apologise for the questions - it's always nice to have comments and questions to respond to!

    Other than writing a truly outstanding blog (!), I write and edit material on healthcare. At the moment, I work for a company which is attempting to drive improvement in healthcare through a variety of different initiatives. I'm the Content Editor there, and at the moment primarily involved in writing and editing learning material for healthcare professionals, on areas such as safe medication practice and infection control.

    (Wow - that sounded pretty impressive there for a minute, didn't it? I almost impressed myself.)

    Ah, Alias... I LOVE Alias :) And, oh dear God, do I love Jack Bristow. Each week I think it's not possible for my adoration for Spy Daddy to grow, and each week it does. And the minute he slips on a black turtleneck shirt... Oh dear.

    It's a delight to have someone reading the blog who enjoys Alias, cos none of the regular frequenters of Nuggets are fans :) I may just have to bore you with links of my Alias-related material on the blog :)

    Take care,
    McReadie

     
  • At 5:57 PM, Blogger McReadie said…

    Hi Barbara,

    A selection of links to a selection of posts on our beloved Alias and - in some instances - our beloved Jack Bristow.

    (Bet you wished you hadn't asked now!)

    http://readie.blogspot.com/2005/04/oh-alias-how-i-have-missed-thee.html

    http://readie.blogspot.com/2004_04_27_readie_archive.html
    My love first becomes apparent

    http://readie.blogspot.com/2004_06_03_readie_archive.html
    The first Spy Daddy mention

    http://readie.blogspot.com/2004_06_09_readie_archive.html

    http://readie.blogspot.com/2004_06_21_readie_archive.html

    http://readie.blogspot.com/2004_06_22_readie_archive.html

    http://readie.blogspot.com/2004_06_30_readie_archive.html

    http://readie.blogspot.com/2004_07_12_readie_archive.html

    http://readie.blogspot.com/2004_07_27_readie_archive.html

    http://readie.blogspot.com/2004_07_29_readie_archive.html

    http://readie.blogspot.com/2004_08_02_readie_archive.html

    http://readie.blogspot.com/2004_08_09_readie_archive.html

    http://readie.blogspot.com/2004_08_16_readie_archive.html

    http://readie.blogspot.com/2004_09_11_readie_archive.html

    http://readie.blogspot.com/2004_09_13_readie_archive.html

    http://readie.blogspot.com/2004_09_15_readie_archive.html

    http://readie.blogspot.com/2004_09_16_readie_archive.html

    http://readie.blogspot.com/2004_09_21_readie_archive.html

    http://readie.blogspot.com/2004_09_30_readie_archive.html

    http://readie.blogspot.com/2004/11/beginners-guide-to-alias.html#comments

    http://readie.blogspot.com/2004/11/world-of-pictures-on-nuggets.html#comments

    http://readie.blogspot.com/2004/12/hmmmm-quite-lack-of-posts-lately.html#comments

     
  • At 5:35 AM, Blogger Barbara L. said…

    So OMG about Alias--a fab two hours. And SpyDaddy smiled more than once around Irina:-)

    By the ways, did you see on TWOP that the "Who's Your SpyDaddy" shirts are being sold again? I missed getting one the first time around, so now I'm making sure to get one.

    And thanks for showing me your alias links---once I'm done iwth my grading, I'm going to check out your posts.

     

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