Boring Blogging

Duncan Black, aka Atrios:

I think I spent 6 year finding various ways to say “Bush sucks. wars suck.” Now I spend my days finding various ways to say “Do something about the economy. Also, too, wars suck.”

Maybe there should be more pictures of kittens or something.

Consider this an open thread.

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  1. Dave Schuler says:

    And yet some subjects, e.g. Sarah Palin, recently Anthony Weiner, seem to be endlessly fascinating.

  2. James Joyner says:

    @Dave: The problem is that, with serious subjects, you reach a point where there’s nothing to say. I have a hard time writing about Afghanistan, the Arab-Palestinian struggle, and the like. It’s all repeats.

    Sarah Palin is far less important but she’s always doing something worth a quick comment or that brings to mind some larger point I want to make.

  3. Further, one will note often the more frivolous topics beget many, many more comments than the more serious ones (although not always), which usually contain within them inspiration for another post or two (rinse, repeat).

    Indeed, one of the major drivers of additional posts on a given topic tends to be the comments. Look at the multiple posts on higher ed that clearly were inspired by the comment thread on James’ original post. It even brought Chris out of his blogging hibernation!

    As such, the Palin posts tend to come in clusters.

  4. Falze says:

    “Bush sucks. wars suck.” Now I spend my days finding various ways to say “Do something about Sarah Palin. Also, too, Sarah Palin sucks.”

    Look, now it’s a quote for Doug!

  5. Hortensio says:

    Pictures of kittens would be nice, yes.

  6. OzarkHillbilly (used to be tom p) says:

    Pictures of kittens would be nice, yes.

    Puppies too.

  7. OzarkHillbilly (used to be tom p) says:

    And titties (female in origin please. No man boobs)

  8. MarkedMan says:

    Now that Joyner posts less often on this blog, I have less reason to come here. There is occasionally some good dialogue in the comments, but it inevitably devolves into SouthernHoosier and mantis trading insults, or some variation of the same. Once a topic has more than 15-20 comments, you know it is just a “I know you are, but what am I?!” slug fest.

    James: You know, years ago usenet readers allowed you to make certain authors ‘invisible’. Any chance you could enable such a feature in the comments section? Failing that, here’s my vote for more rigorously banning those that degrade the dialog.