Wednesday, August 8, 2007

The sickness unto election day

Posted By on 08.08.07 at 02:32 PM

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Some hoser at Slate thought it would be cute to point out that Rudy Giuliani's 17-year-old daughter is in a Facebook group called "Barack Obama (One Million Strong for Barack)." Why is this important? The writer doesn't seem to know or care. The subject of the "story" didn't get back to the author, so it's not even clear if she hearts Obama, joined the group randomly, or thought it would be funny to be in a pro-Obama group because she totally supports her dad for president. Maybe she's doing oppo research!

Let's take a moment and make this crystal clear: Facebook groups don't mean shit. I'm in a group called "I support Saxby Chambliss in everyway" because I think it's funny. I'm in another one called "I just tried to ford the river and my fucking oxen died" (this is one of the largest on the site). One of the more popular local groups is called "I HATE MUFUCKAS THAT MAKE HOMO-ASS COMMENTS JUS SO THEY CAN SAY NO HOMO." Facebook groups are rife with irony, and the reasons people "join" them are many.

Slate's comment-section editor noted that the response to the article on Slate's "Fray" has been overwhelmingly negative--"Whoo, boy . . . you're not happy about this article." Prominent liberal bloggers, whose taste often exceeds their desire to punk prominent Republicans, find the story pretty tasteless.

You might be wondering who, other than the editors at a wildly inconsistent online magazine, think the importance of such a story outweighs the gross personal violation of posting the Facebook profile of a 17-year-old high school student. Here's your answer.

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