October 30, 2002


OUT OF THE FRAY: Boy, am I glad I stayed out of the postmortem conversation on Senator Wellstone. It is interesting, though, how the conversation seems to have evolved into a more civil one. Start from Misha's splutterings; retractions or not, the display of poor taste will haunt him forever. Lileks's scolding of the grave-dancers made some fair points, but still came off as a bit, shall we say, more-sensitive-than-thou. Finally, Arthur Silber's response to Lileks (and scroll up for follow-ups) explicitly raised the conversation from the personal to the intellectual.

Could it be that the blogosphere reverses the typical old-time internet pattern of debates devolving into flame-wars? Maybe it's just a fluke.

Posted by John Tabin at October 30, 2002 10:54 PM