Wanker Of The Day

June 27th, 2007at 11:15am Posted by Eli

Admittedly, I haven’t read around much today, but I think I have to give Tom Friedman the nod today:

Three years ago, I was catching a plane at Boston’s Logan airport and went to buy some magazines for the flight. As I approached the cash register, a woman coming from another direction got there just behind me — I thought. But when I put my money down to pay, the woman said in a very loud voice: “Excuse me! I was here first!” And then she fixed me with a piercing stare that said: “I know who you are.” I said I was very sorry, but I was clearly there first.

If that happened today, I would have had a very different reaction. I would have said: “Miss, I’m so sorry. I am entirely in the wrong. Please, go ahead. And can I buy your magazines for you? May I buy your lunch? Can I shine your shoes?”

Why? Because I’d be thinking there is some chance this woman has a blog or a camera in her cellphone and could, if she so chose, tell the whole world about our encounter — entirely from her perspective — and my utterly rude, boorish, arrogant, thinks-he-can-butt-in-line behavior. Yikes!

(“Yikes”?)

Friedman’s basic premise isn’t really all that bad: You never know who might be watching and reporting, so don’t be an ass. Which is all well and good, but he completely undermines it with that cute little opening anecdote suggesting that us bloggers are unhinged bullies who just make shit up.

On the other hand, maybe he’s been reading Malkin, in which case I would have to withdraw my objection.

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Media,Wankers


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