Wednesday, November 06, 2002

A Cure for Cancer?

Wednesday, 6 November 2002

John Quiggin confidently announces the death of warblogging in his latest post on this topic. Personally I'm not so sure.

I freely admit that I don't pay a lot of attention to the warblogging community - there's only so far that you can wade into a sewer before you choke on the stench. But my superficial impression of these bellicose idiots is that the proposed war on Iraq was more an excuse to indulge in self-righteous patriotic outrage at soft-headed pinko liberals etc. With the decline of warblogging into contests to see who is the most bloodthirsty etc, I think we're simply seeing this childish braggadocio and bully-worship* revealed for what it really was all along.

Which means that the warbloggers will be with us for a while yet, struggling to find a new theme around which to organise their rantings. As soon as they do, they will return to business as usual, rebranded to suit whichever new cause they have chosen to advocate but with the same spiteful "anti-idiotarian" agenda. Like most social cancers, this one is only in remission.

* - Thanks to George Orwell, of course, for this very useful phrase.

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