(A Sprinkling of Things We Think You Ought to Know...)
Narcissism, Weiner and More… In Monday’s NYT op-ed section, Ross Douthat wrote a piece worth reading called “The Online Looking Glass” that might as well have been written pointedly for some Washingtonians. The story instructs that technology affects a person’s character and sometimes for the worse. Take a certain Weiner, who is obscenely well-versed in Social Media. Ross wrote, “In the sad case of Representative Anthony Weiner’s virtual adultery, the Internet era’s defining vice has been thrown into sharp relief. It isn’t lust or smut or infidelity, though online life encourages all three. It’s a desperate, adolescent narcissism.” He later added: “The rituals of social media, it seems, make status-seekers and exhibitionists of us all.” Douthat is an op-ed columnist for NYT, conservative author, a film critic for National Review and formerly a senior editor at The Atlantic. Read the full piece here.
Is Olbermann the real Twitter Moron? Politico‘s Patrick Gavin, in his new gig writing for the publication’s main site, wrote about Current TV Keith Olbermann’s widely known Twitter fights over the weekend. Gavin says the frequency of Olbermann’s spats may be numbing the shock effect he intends. An example: “’Dear Moron: I had walked in the shoes for a year. I had just increased the run to TWO minutes,’ he wrote to @myfivefingers on the topic of footwear.” Gavin interviewed a psychologist and a number of journos for the piece including Syndicated Columnist and former CNNer Bob Franken and The Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson, who thinks Googling yourself is detrimental to your happiness. Read the full story here.
Meet Ann Coulter The Heritage Foundation and WMAL are coming together on June 17 to throw Conservative Commentator and Author Ann Coulter a book party. Her book: Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Damaging America. The party will transpire on the Heritage Foundation’s rooftop. Coulter will autograph books that you will purchase if you so desire and she’ll field questions from the audience. The party host is Michael Gonzalez, VP of Communications for the Heritage Foundation. WMAL host Mary Katharine Ham, also a video journalist for The Daily Caller, will make a special appearance. Time: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. News Inquiries: (202) 675-1761.