A couple more LP contributors have posts selected for the On Line Opinion/Troppo Best Blogs of 2006 feature published today – both with a cultural theme.
Kate looked at the perennial theme (it really is…) of what Joss Whedon has to offer feminists and Laura aka Lucy Tartan reviewed the Da Vinci Code for anyone who was contemplating seeing the movie but hadn’t read TEH BOOK. Fortunately I wasn’t tempted to see the film, saved by my policy of avoiding anything with Tom Hanks in it (even if it also has Audrey Tautou in it).
Both posts are exemplars of the art of blogging – funny, sharp, incisive and thought provoking. And quite distinct from essays and op/eds. As are many of the others selected.
But not everyone thinks so. J. F. Beck dismisses the Best blog posts as:
tedious, self-indulgent [expletive deleted] from self-important lefty academics.
And Tim Blair complains the posts don’t have enough links. Not “bloggish” enough, writes Tim. His commenters seem to think it must be a lefty stitch up job because Ken Parish was involved in the compilation. They don’t appear to have noticed that Catallaxy’s skepticlawyer was too.
So here’s a challenge. Name me ten Australian right wing blog posts that are thoughtful, funny, incisive and… have lots of links. You’ll have to find some right wing blogs first. Consider it a Da Vinci style quest.
Update: Courtesy of skepticlawyer in comments, Tim apparently also doesn’t think blog posts should contain the word “I”. None of the posts on the front page of Tim’s blog employ the first person pronoun, so that’s alright then. His own blogging credentials are unchallenged. J F Beck however does use the dreaded “I” word in one post but it does contain five links. Is that ok? Is he still a blogger according to TEH INTERNATIONAL OFFICIAL RULES OF TEH BLOGGING?
Further update: Darlene responds.
And so does Skepticlawyer at Catallaxy.
Another update: Kate polishes her letter I.