Saturday, February 17, 2007

From Barack Obama to haiku synopsis of Hersh Iran story in just a few bloggy steps

An example of the butterfly effect, otherwise known as sensitive dependence on initial conditions?

Two black political leaders in South Carolina took a swipe at Barack Obama earlier in the week while throwing their support to Hillary in her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.
State Sens. Robert Ford and Darrell Jackson told The Associated Press they believe Clinton is the only Democrat who can win the presidency. Both said they had been courted by Illinois Sen. Barack Obama; Ford said Obama winning the primary would drag down the rest of the party.

"Then everybody else on the ballot is doomed," Ford said. "Every Democratic candidate running on that ticket would lose because he's black and he's at the top of the ticket -- we'd lose the House, the Senate and the governors and everything."
If they hadn't bashed Barack, Matt Yglesias wouldn't have written this post about the Clinton camp apparently using black surrogates to attack Barack, and how it seemingly backfired. I would not have read the comment by Thomas Pynchon-character-set-loose-on-the-real-world Tyrone Slothrop, would not have gone to his blog All Intensive Purposes, would not have checked Technorati to see what blogs link to it, and I would not have found the amusingly obsessed I Hate the New Yorker and its short but excellent blogroll of other blogs concerned with the New Yorker. I would not have clicked on the intriguingly titled Drunken Volcano and found it to be a blog that in its brief but meteoric flight through the blogosphere consisted entirely of haiku that summarized New Yorker articles in precisely 17 syllables, and I would never have clicked on the very first post, which provided these concise synopses, among others.
Annals of National Security: Watching Lebanon
By Seymour M. Hersh

Israel provides
Great test for "bomb Iran" plan.
(Hmm, maybe needs work?)

Letter From New Orleans: The Lost Year
By Dan Baum

Things are better now.
Before, waited for promised help;
Now, know not to wait.

Books: The philosopher Stoned
By Adam Kirsch

Walter Benjamin:
Stayed clear thinker on hashish,
Less so Marxism.
It would have been a shame to miss all that. So here's a big "thank you" to everyone who helped make it possible, beginning with Hillary's people, and perhaps even Hillary herself.


t.s. said...

That's fantastic -- I haven't looked at Technorati for a little while, and so the last blogs are new to me. The New Yorker haiku is great.zju

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zp said...

'cute story, as they say.

I'm so unhappy that Drunken Volcano has stopped his haikus. Such a time-saver!

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