My bloggy universe was abuzz this morning with Judith Miller's release from prison. Questions abound. I'm sticking to my original impression, this is all a big load of horsecrap. There are so many agendas and intrigues swirling around at the highest levels of both the media world and the beltway universe that my gut is to just say "feh!" and ignore the whole damn thing.
Sullivan points out a fascinating study that suggests that HIV may be weakening as it adapts to keep hosts alive longer. Like most virus-related news, this is all very speculative still, and many are not yet convinced. I think Sullivan's emailer is on to something that seems to be just nuanced enough to have some real weight to it: "In areas where little is done to prevent the spread of the disease, it will remain virulent and selection pressure may even favor more-virulent strains. This is because, with hosts dying relatively quickly, aggressive viruses are more likely to make the jump to their next host." This is the only sound argument I have ever heard for flooding the third world with generic medication, btw. It will be interesting to see if the anti-corporate AIDS activists will pick up on it. Anecdotally, I have been positive for more than 6 years now with little to no remarkable change in my numbers and still have not started a cocktail regimen, and I feel fine. It's not unreasonable to posit, based on the above, that living in New York, where the virus has been challenged by cutting edge medicine in a far more rigorous way for much longer than the rest of the world, I might have a weakened strain of it. I'm still waiting for crocodile medicine to pan out.
- copyranter gives Advertising Week the bitter treatment that it probably deserves, and a description of Donny Deutsch that he definitely deserves: "He’s probably in the audience wearing a medium black t-shirt with his fresh-off-some-lunchtime-curls arms folded across his chest."
- Scott rocks my fucking world on Bill In Exile, with a post about AIDS denialists that reads like a giant punch in the gut: "You and I have each had one or two friends die of AIDS over the years and I’m sure they would all be relieved to know that if Miss Maggiore and her ilk are correct then the HIV that they tried so desperately to treat, especially when treatment was in it’s most rudimentary stages or not available at all, wasn’t the cause of their death after all." Please read the whole thing.
- Stephen from Wannabeleader puts the word out that he is trying to start a Huffington Post-style political blog, and asks for contributors. I feel like he's setting the bar pretty low as far as his model, but his enthusiasm is almost as adorable as he is, so I figured I'd give it a plug.
- I think I disagree with Adrants that blogging is just a geeky insiderish word for "website" and that as far as the vast majority of consumers is concerned, there isn't a difference at all, if they've even heard the word "blog" before. He picks on Google, I'm assuming, for launching a separate blog search site, but I have used it and it's nice to find out what the blogosphere is saying about a certain topic without wading through pages and pages of unnecessary results. There may not be a substantive difference between a blog and a website in general, blogs are simply self-published websites after all, but I think he's missing the point. Traditional websites did not have the media impact that the blogosphere has had. Even online advertising, a topic he should be very familiar with, got a huge boost precisely because of blogs. The points of difference between rapid self-publishing and the more static traditional model of website publishing, while not technically worlds apart, are culturally immense. Even if most cabbies think we're just watching public sex acts.
- Jon Stewart did some sort of schtick for Advertising Week. He's not laughing with us, people. No one seems to get that, or else they just crave the abuse.
- The Malcontent starts a new feature (at my request, if I'm not mistaken) that monitors Andrew Sullivan. Sullivan is pretty tough, I'm sure he can take the abuse. I'm still a fan, but I think even Sullivan would agree that this is the sort of thing that makes the blogosphere a more honest and accurate place to get your information. As opposed to, say, traditional media websites.
Today was that first Fall day where I get screwed because I didn't realize I would need a coat. Brr...