Jul 10 2005

Mr.T vs Hurricane Dennis


Rightly or wrongly, I’m cutting myself off from the news. Period. No more CNN, no more NPR, no more Harper’s, no more New York Fucking Times. I just can’t take it anymore. From here on out, for an indefinite period, I’m confining my current events intake to a handful of blogs. Although I may occasionally listen to Terri Gross in the car. Oh, and the Daily Show.

Why the hell shouldn’t I? Watching that helmet hair mannequin on CNN recite with clinical nonchalance the news that Kansas is repealing the theory of evolution, listening to Nina Totenberg detail some white male godbag’s nomination to the Supreme Court, seeing footage of some missing white girl’s parents bawling and pleading–I mean, damn. Masochism isn’t my bag, man. This stuff physically hurts me.

I’m not saying I don’t want to know about it when a Church of Christ gets vandalized by gay-hatas. l just don’t want it brought to me by Toyota and SC Johnson and McDonalds. I’ll have it in leftist rant form, please, and the only ad better be for Neighborhoodies. Opinion is too important to be left to professionals, dammit!

One hour later

Crap, I slipped up and turned on the radio out of habit. I accidentally heard about “the wrath of Hurricane Dennis.” Typical media bullshit, turning a meteorological event into a villainous entity capable of human emotion.

Anyway what I started out to do was mention a couple of the blogs that got my custom today instead of the so-called mainstream media.

Here’s a blog as smart and good-lookin as I am: Gendergeek. A couple of brainiac feminists in Scotland.

Also, you know who’s fucking funny? Norbizness. He should really have his own talk show on Comedy Central, although I probably wouldn’t ever watch it because that channel’s pretty dudely.


Skip to comment form

  1. norbizness

    I don’t think I’d help matters by dressing as Jeff Bridges as “The Dude,” filming the show at a dude ranch outside of Bandera, and using the Descendants’ “Dude” as my theme song.

    P.S. Isn’t that last panel (Mr. T’s giant red head on a beach) the alternate ending for the original Planet of the Apes?

    P.P.S. I don’t like the idea of Kryptonian supercomputers relocating to the Outer Hebrides and gettin’ all genderfied.

  2. nicky

    Yes, the “Daily Show” is totally white and almost totally dudefied, but Samantha Bee is the funniest one of them all. Which is saying something, since we all know women can’t be funny.

    What I especially appreciated about today’s 24/7 news channels’ turning into The Weather Channel was the macho CNN guys out there in their plastic parkas, pointing out for us the falling metal signs and the really really heavy rain and sticking their pinwheels out over the ocean to show how HARD the wind was blowing, acting like they were embedded correspondents in Iraq, for crissake. Saddam’s in a cage, bin Laden no longer exists (if he ever did), so here’s today’s boogie-man: Hurricane Dennis!

    Slow news day? Not hardly. There’s a ton of interesting political occurrences unfolding today — if anyone really wanted to delve into them. Which apparently no one on TV “news” cares to do. I’m with Twisty — for the time being, it’s strictly Crooks & Liars and Jesus General for me. And of course this wonderful site, which I’ve just now stumbled onto. Will bookmark norbizness and gendergeek on your recommendation alone.

    BTW, I recommend everyone re-read Donna Haraway’s “Cyborg Manifesto” toute suite. Pardon my French.

  3. Emma

    Thanks for the link, Twisty. I was briefly confused (although happy) about my sudden surge in readers!

  4. rhondda

    So, Twisty, congratulations for getting on the web logs of the week over at Pharyngula. His site is actually pretty cool and has great scientific links.

  5. ae

    Twisty, I spend every other day (used to be every single day) debating NEVER WATCHING/LISTENING TO/READING THE NEWS AGAIN. EVER. FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY AND JUST, NO!

    Then I come out of that fugue state and read everything I can online. Who needs tv/npr/print? F*ck ’em and the McAOLChevronBurton crimewave they rode in on. Blog bonuses include snark, better headlines, and cutting through the shit.

  6. larkspur

    I’m having Money Issues, so one of the things that got economized right the hell out of my budget was cable TV. Where I live, if you don’t have cable, you don’t get reception.

    It’s bothering me a lot less than I’d have guessed. For one thing, the television still works, and I have videos, and when a friend recently upgraded his DVD player, I got the old one, so I’m not exactly suffering.

    But omg, not being able to give in to the temptation of checking CNN or MSNBC or FOX…is wonderful. Wonderful.

    I still check out google news online, but I’m trying to pare down my online news sources, too. Ignorance is NOT bliss, but most news sources do jack shit about fixing ignorance. So I’m assembling my bloglist, too.

  7. Samantha

    Giving up cable was one of the best things I’ve done for my mental health. It only takes 2 minutes of flipping through 7 channels to realize nothing’s on instead of 15 minutes flipping through 60 channels to come to the same conclusion.

    I do miss C-Span.

Comments have been disabled.