|Pop Culture Gadabout|
Tuesday, January 25, 2005 |
( 1/25/2005 04:05:00 PM ) Bill S.
THE MILLION DOLLAR BASH – Over at Comic Book Resources, comics writers Joe Casey & Matt Fraction are tackling blogs in their newest "Basement Tapes" email dialog. As someone whose blog regularly confounds attempts at being placed in a pure Comics Blogroll, I find many of their comments overstated and not quite connected to what goes on at the Gadabout, but perhaps I'm engaging in a leetle self-deception, eh? I know that I can be as susceptible to hype as the next guy – being a pop culture junkie means that at least part of you is habitually attuned to what’s being sold in the culture – so the two have a point when they decry the sometimes excessive amount of blog posts on this week’s hot button comic. I'd also agree that Dirk Deppey, Sean Collins, and John Jakala are all much missed in the blogosphere (but am puzzled by the Basement Boys' unwillingness to mention any current examples of stellar comics bloggery: surely Tom Spurgeon is producing blogstuff that's as wide-ranging and thoughtful as the blog version of ¡journalista! used to be). But to my eyes, one of the elements that makes the blogosphere so potentially interesting is what the guys call the "Blogring Circle-jerk Syndrome," namely the ways that bloggers can "talk among themselves" about subjects that interest 'em. To me, this so-called syndrome is less reflective of "me-tooism" than it is the capacity of smart or provocative writing to inspire more writing.
Anyway, at the risk of getting too meta-bloggy, I direct your attention CBR-wards. . .