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June 05, 2005

David Brooks Writes a Column

It's been a bad week for David Brooks.  The guy he made into Patio Man isn't returning his calls, his last column got widely mocked, and, to top it all off, F'in Deep Throat was revealed.  Just once, it would've been nice if the right could've acted like rational human beings, given the guy a pat on the back, a book contract, and let the whole thing die.  It's not as if Nixon is running for reelection.  But nooooo, they had to trot out every slime bucket Felt sent on a perp walk to tar the 90-year old stroke victim.  And now he, David Brooks, was somehow responsible for advancing the ball on this Watergate backlash.  Oy.

But David prides himself on finding alleyways, shortcuts, sidepaths that let him hold the party line without appearing a mouth-breathing troglodyte.  But it was usually easier than this.  Taxes, terrorism, even Terry Schiavo, those all had easy ways out.  But W. Mark Felt?  The guy's senile!  Whatever David wrote the bloggers were going to--wait a second. 

Inspiration hits.  It's not Felt, it's Woodward.  Woodward's the weak link.  After all, didn't he just admit to suffering from anomie and anxiety when he came to Washington?  Didn't he meet Felt while trying to find a mentor, a direction, a connection, a break?  Wasn't he networking like a madman, desperately striving to reach a higher level?  Wasn't he, in the end, acting like an irritating overachiever?  And thus, wasn't Watergate just the senior thesis of a desperately ambitious nerd?

Hmmm...here was something.  It's still rough though, readers still think Woodward was right.  So it can't be about Woodward...

Bloggers.  It'll be about bloggers.  David hates them anyway.  He'll just connect Bob Woodward's time in the ambitious wilderness to all those annoying, incessant, overconfident pricks writing websites.  And -- this is the genius part -- he'll turn the spotlight away from both Woodward and bloggers, he'll serve them glancing blows but pretend the whole column is another sociological masterpiece offering insight into the mind of the young and affluent.  It's brilliant -- no one will notice.  Inspiration hits, David starts writing:

Entering the world of the Higher Shamelessness, they begin networking like mad, cultivating the fine art of false modesty and calculated friendships. The most nakedly ambitious - the blogging Junior Lippmanns - rarely win in the long run, but that doesn't mean you can't mass e-mail your essays for obscure online sites with little "Thought you might be interested" notes.

Never mind that you can't confidently say what happens in the long-run to a medium that's less than five years old.  Never mind that blogging offers a path upwards that's not reliant on networking, that doesn't hinge on friendship.  It's not important.  What is important is that David Brooks has done it again.  He's diminished Watergate by making its protagonist nothing more than an ankle-biting blogger.  He's diminished bloggers by painting them as networking strivers.  And he's done it all from within the persona of David the cultural sociologist, avoiding not only partisan politics, but politics in general.  Bravo, Brooks, bravo.

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Comments

Wow I had no idea my middle aged ass which likes to write was such a young lion of innovation and crass opportunism. Oh BTW Jesse, the tropy wife and I having a party in the Keys this weekend. Please feel free to drop by, be sure and have a brown nose on and a gorgeous model/date at your side, we'll have Yacht berths and small plane hangers reserved by blog traffic with Kos and Atrios filling out the closer gangways but you will have a prominent slip midways out. Needless to say this event is private and unaccessable by car and naturally, no one over forty will be allowed except to serve drinks. Should be a virtual whos who of online networking and referals.

Posted by: ~DS~ | Jun 5, 2005 7:41:13 PM

Brooks's column was even more useless than normal this time.

Posted by: Unstable Isotope | Jun 5, 2005 8:03:56 PM

The best part about Brooks' sociological writing, correct though it may be in parts, is that is diminishes everyone by its elitism. There is literally no one like the people Brooks writes about exept Brooks himself. There are people who display one, or many, of these annoying characteristics, but only Bobo himself is the apotheosis. No one else has successfully stuck a "social sciences" sticker on a biography and actually succeeded in getting bookstores and libraries to stack it in the Social Sciences area.

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