Casaubon's Book

Ok, maybe not. But just in case you were wondering why Americans watch the news constantly and know nothing, here’s a pretty good example. Coming up next – how to write a completely generic blog post, by yours truly ;-).


  1. #1 Ed Bryant
    February 5, 2010

    My son and I both agree and we are working on bullets and graphs. Epic.

  2. #2 Melanie
    February 5, 2010

    Man, I haven’t watched the news in AGES (people tell you when something that’s actually important happens) and even I was laughing at how accurate that is!

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    February 5, 2010

    We are being swallowed up by the generic meta.

    I’m going to steal this in a few days.

  4. #4 Joseph
    February 5, 2010

    As a counter – while also demonstrating the redeeming qualities of the media – here is one of the great spiritual anthems of our times, manifesting a spirit we need now more than ever.

  5. #5 Sharon Astyk
    February 5, 2010

    Go right ahead – I stole it from Rod Dreher ;-).


  6. #6 Greenpa
    February 5, 2010

    Reminds me strongly of E.B. White’s “Irtnog”- written in 1938, forsooth. Hilarious terrifying.

  7. #7 Greenpa
    February 5, 2010


    Immediately after writing that note, I was inspired to google- the whole short story is up on the web- and I’d totally forgotten the last few lines. Wonderful!

  8. #8 Cath
    February 5, 2010

    Brilliant and scary at the same time! We don’t watch the news but my kids were laughing at this one.

  9. #9 doug l
    February 5, 2010

    It’s in the business of selling (or at least renting) your eyeballs.

  10. #10 ekdysiast
    February 5, 2010
  11. #11 markk
    February 7, 2010

    The generic blog post has already been done. More than once…
    Here is a good one:

    It was done better on usenet of course as an illustrious commenter said in that string of replies.

  12. #12 Simple in France
    February 8, 2010

    Thank you! I don’t watch the news anymore–what especially appalls me is ‘disaster coverage.’

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