Monday, February 05, 2007

Time Out [Updated]

Posted by reader_iam]
No commercial that appeared last night during Super Bowl XLI directly addressed Iraq, unlike a patriotic spot for Budweiser beer that ran during the game two years ago. But the ongoing war seemed to linger just below the surface of many of this year’s commercials.

More than a dozen spots celebrated violence in an exaggerated, cartoonlike vein that was intended to be humorous, but often came across as cruel or callous.
Or maybe the ads, rendered by the no doubt self-identified hip and cool, were reflecting the tone of certain popular video games. Or cable television programs. Or--wait for it--notable sections of the blogosphere, not just on both extremes anymore, but now spreading centerwards from both poles.

Deep breath, dude, deep breath. Shake your head clear and look more broadly. The point is not to say that you're wrong or that you're right, but rather to say that your own prose is betraying the narrowness of the universe on which you're honing your analyticals.

Hat tip.

Update: Well, I finally got around to checking in at Memeorandum tonight (wee hours this morning, to be technical about it), and I see that a poster at The Moderate Voice did this with much more gravitas than I.

Updated, mid-morning: Oh, OK, I see that I am blogging "from the right" today! Maybe I should post more pictures of my son with Democratic candidates, or start ranting about stupid people who want to pull books from school libraries. Or, conversely, come up with a reactionary screed about nannystatism. Which choice would be more ornery, and telling, do you think?

Of course I appreciate the link (especially when I read the source regularly). But why do we have to be placed on one side or the other, just to fit under the nifty points-left, points-right thumb graphics? There's such thing as a middle (finger), you know.