Weblog of the Week: Clusterfuck Nation
Why I Like It: Are weblogs nothing but “a species of interactive electronic diary by means of which the unpublishable, untrammeled by editors or the rules of grammar, can communicate their thoughts via the web”? That’s what Michael Gorman, the president-elect of the American Library Association, had to say about weblogs recently, in an article that was picked up by Slashdot and Joho the Blog.
Certainly, Gorman’s definition applies to a lot of weblogs. It doesn't, however, apply to Clusterfuck Nation, a weblog written by the author Jim Kunstler. He's a writer whose style is often referred to by reviewers as "highly opinionated." And it is, and that's what makes it interesting: it's so unlike the homogenized, freeze-dried opinions of newspaper editorials and mainstream political weblogs.
I first learned about Kunstler's Clusterfuck Nation when Ernie the Attorney gave notice of what he called a "provocative new weblog." Apparently, Kunstler had already been publishing something much like his weblog on a personal website. He's still double-posting there, where his archives are much easier to navigate.
1. A post about Fahrenheit 9/11 in which Kunstler confides that Michael Moore gives him "the chills and the creeps."
2. A post about suburbia and why the New York Times "is rapidly becoming the supreme organ of cluelessness in our so-called culture."
3. A post about the hypocrisy of America's so-called intellectuals who call themselves "greens" merely because it's the fashionable thing to do.
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