Andrew Sullivan to quit blogging
Sullivan was able to keep blogging alive (and lucrative) long after the era of blogs had come to an end — at The Atlantic, at The Daily Beast, and, in recent years, through the funding of readers. It’s also true that Sullivan’s influence has waned of late. While there is still some demand for Sullivan’s outspokenness — he’s at his best when he’s arguing, aggressively — there is far less demand for unspecialized aggregation. If you scroll down from Sullivan’s latest post, there’s a reader-submitted photograph, then a pull from a Slate article about flip-flopping, then a pull from a Time article about marijuana legalization. This is vintage Sullivan, but it flies in the face of all conventional wisdom about what makes media sites work: namely, specialization and original content.
One hopes that this means Politico blogger Dylan Byers will rend his clothes and hang up his keyboard, too.
Andrew Sullivan is/was a hack, but he was a hack’s hack. A thin-skinned man with the institutional memory of a gnat; he could contradict himself weekly, and would certainly monthly; and if you look back at his record, he managed to take all sides of most positions. He was the guy so limber with the truth you wanted him on your team playing rhetorical Twister.
If declaring blogging dead is what it takes to get fraudulent public intellectuals like Sully and Byers off the innernets, then I’m all for calling it over.
…considering throwing it into the virtual hat over at Welcome Back To Pottersville.
Long-time readers know that I admire greatly the work that Jurassic Pork brings to the blog-o-sphere, and we would all be greatly diminished without his muscular writing and unsurrendering-and-take-no-prisoners approach to Wingnuttia.
Winter is a hard time for many of us and JP is once again running on fumes. Any contribution you can make to keep him on the web is money well spent. His Donate button is on the top of the right-hand column.
One of the on-going pleasure of Mock, Paper, Scissors is to give our monthly shout-out to all the Scissorheads near and far. Why do we do it? Because we like you, we really like you!
Let’s be honest: everyone enjoys a little linky-love now and then, and also we understand that the more often a blog gets a link in a post, the higher up the Google rankings that blog travels. Your blog gains something called Authority (as in Cartman? Yes.), which means your blog is more likely to be “found” when someone does a search on a topic that you covered.
But mostly it’s about the luv. So, without further fuss, on to the links after the jump.
…in which we give a shout out to the MPS blogroll. Why do we do it, you ask? Because we always liked *YOU* best!
Actually, we recognize that everyone likes to be linked now and then, and because it increases your Google ranking and allegedly give you a bump in Technorati’s Authority (if anyone still uses that thing) the more often you are linked.
If you want to be included in the fun next month, all you need to do is to follow our blogroll guidelines: put MPS in your blogroll, and we will put your blog in ours (Caveat: commercial websites are NOT included).
And now, on to the links!
BartCop has left the building. His last post is one for the ages, I’m just speechless.
…the triumphant return of Ribbed For Your Pleasure, which as many of you know was the website for our Poet Laureate, Mountjoy. He explains his return to blogging thusly:
Mountjoy, down, not out.
Rediscovers his mojo:
After having gone dark for a few years, it is a pleasure to have RFYP back online. Please go say hello.
Paddy, one of our friends and allies at The Political Carnival has left the building. Her remaining writing partner, Gottalaff is understandably upset and pondering the future of their blog.
Blogging and the internet is a funny thing. We’re all just bits and bytes and flickers of lights, and yet we sometimes connect. I’ve met a handful of Scissorheads in person and it’s always like we’ve known each other since forever. Laffy and I (and Tex who emailed in tears last night) have never met in person, and yet we think of each other as close friends. I cannot imagine what Laffy must be going through, as only a few months ago she lost her father, too.
If you are a fan of The Political Carnival and their work, please stop by to pay your respects to Paddy and give a word of encouragement to Laffy.
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