Breakfast of Champions 5/8: Reasoned Dialogue in the Polis

Often during meeting at City Pages Global HQ, we talk about how we'd like to get more comments on the blogs. Discussion is fun! It's the lifeblood of the polis! It exemplifies Aristotle's maxim of rational actors reasoning together!

Except it's the Internet. We always forget that part.

We're getting more comments on the blogs lately, which is great. Bring 'em on, especially the critical ones. Constructive criticism is healthy and necessary, and vicious criticism is often hilarious. Take, for example, the latest comment on an old Ron Paul post:

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Name: ART DEKKO

ANYONE WITH BRAINS (UN-WASHED BY THE MEDIA) STILL INTACT....HAVING HEARD OF
RON PAUL....MUST CERTAINLY VOTE FOR HIM.

IMAGINE....GETTING ALL THOSE VOTES THUS FAR, WITH A TOTAL NEW YORK MEDIA
BLACKOUT.
YOU BOYS ARE SCARED SHITLESS.

RON PAUL GETS MY FAMILIES VOTES IN NOVEMBER."
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Nothing says sanity like caps lock. He gets points for the name, though. Unless it's not a pun, but his actual name, in which case I award his parents the points.

I don't mean to pick on this particular commenter, or even the swarm of Paulbot commentators whose name is (and numbers are) legion. I say this in all sincerity -- we appreciate every reader, including those that give us a hard time. Besides, that whole thread is made of 100% pure weapons-grade comment win, and whenever I'm having a bad day, I go back and read it. It is like mirth in pixel form. If the threads start picking up, I'd love to start a "Comment of the Day" or "Comment of the Week" feature.

Okay, back to work. Those brains aren't going to wash themselves.

DAILY DISH: WHAT'S NEW AROUND THE SITE

Three new Culture to Go posts highlight the morning's offerings. Caroline Palmer, who writes on dance for print, is going to be doing more line for us as well. Today she gives you a preview of the new ARENA dance performance, which begins today and draws on the imagery of Gustav Klimt.

The Grammy-winning Swell Season came to the Orpheum, and Andrea Myers was there. Desiree Weber's review of Tokyo Police Club at the Varsity also includes notes on opening band Smoosh, who I saw play at the Columbia River Gorge when they were pre-teens. No, really. I remember songs about whales and unicorns. OK, I've said too much.

Matt Snyders likes the smoking ban in bars, but finds it against his principles. True, his principles are the wrong principles, but they are better than no principles at all.

Hey, another cool band flyer.

The latest on the Strib bankruptcy story is here. More possibly coming later today, depending on if I can run it down or not.

It's intriguing to see the press' differing reactions to the Democratic race here and overseas. Kevin Hoffman notes that Obama has effectively won already, but you wouldn't necessarily know that from mainstream American press coverage. Elsewhere in the world, it's being taken almost as a given. Check out this article from the German news source Der Spiegel entitled "The End of the Clinton Era." Pretty succinct.


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