I give you Ann Althouse. I can't decide: is she an egomaniac ? an alcoholic? Is she in a permanent state of panic? Or perhaps all three of the above? And how many times can she identify herself as a law professor in this short clip? And why does she have so many followers? What is the essence of her strange attraction? (to some--not of course to me, and not to her interviewer).
You will find nothing in her blog that would get her in trouble with state government or the University of Wisconsin, and yet she is terribly offensive about many serious people and worthy endeavors. It's almost an art to be so obnoxious, really. Above all, her comical sense of self importance is remarkable.
One thing Althouse shows clearly to me is how blogs are like comic strips. They have a single author. They can go on and on for years, often without changing much at all. Each blog is unique, but the genre has its limitations, such as a tendency among bloggers to write hastily. The problem here is that most of us bloggers don't have editors or fact checkers, and we post often. The majority of us are not professional writers (Nancy Nall is a notable exception). And there is the perception that blogging (like cartooning) is not a serious medium. And often the fate of serious blogs is to go unread. Could it be that blogging and seriousness are not compatible? I ask, only.
Listen to Althouse going on about how superior her blog is. Nonsense. She is a confused thinker, and her writing is hard to follow. Sometimes she has nothing to say but says things anyway. But there is a certain consistency in her written equivalent of blather that reassures her regular readers.
This is Ann Altmouse, a satire on her blog that was last updated in 2007. Ann Althouse is a nonpartisan right wing reactionary. Her blog is in essence the same now as it was then.