Sure he’s a pompous ass, but I can still appreciate Bill Maher’s often irreverent approach to political satire. And one reason I know he’s good at what he does is because his show sometimes offends even me.
The latest example comes from a post-show panel discussion on the irrelevance of blogs I found via Off The Grid. Maher put forth a question to panel members, actor Ben Affleck and author P.J. O’Rourke: Do you think the Internet can influence the next election? The consensus was not only no, but hell no. Then the blogosphere bashing began.
– Maher saw the medium as a bunch of folks simply “preaching to the converted”.
– O’Rourke described blog content as nothing more than reading your sister’s diary.
– And Affleck tells bloggers, “Nobody cares about your fucking blog. It’s not even a blog, it’s just you at home, typing.”
I never knew. Therefore, this is my final blog post.
Just kidding. It’s jack-ass remarks like those that inspire me to keep blogging.
I know Okiedoke is a voice in the wilderness. I’m aware of my lack of encouraging discussion in comments. And I don’t deny the slim chance of me passing a fifth grade English test. Yet, I enjoy writing in this blog and enjoy reading others; even those I don’t agree with. And even some that read like a diary.
Big shots such as Maher, O’Rourke and Affleck may not understand my low expectations of this blog. They probably can’t grasp that a peon can derive satisfaction from doing something so inane as blogging without the hope of wealth or power; that an opinion from an Okie like me is worth a shit. OK, maybe they’re right on that last one.