Saturday, February 07, 2004

weblogs JFW cannot compete with, #1


Thanks to a reader from Six Pimentoes, AR for directing my attention to this blog that is either an captivating bit of weblog performance art, or, if not, should be one. I'm trying to figure out if it is for real or a hoax or something in-between. The set-up: there is this weblog whose official title is "Hot Abercrombie Chick!", that begins with the banner that I've copy-and-pasted above. The author introduces herself as a college freshman who is interested in philosophy. Then: the weblog contains all these very long and pretty-smart-for-a-freshman political and philosophy posts, some of which seem like they must have taken at least a couple of hours to type. The intrigue here is not whether somebody can simultaneously be "Hot Abercrombie Chick!" and write intelligent posts; our culture, I would hope, is Past That. The intrigue is in the effect that such a combination will have on heterosexual male blog readers. The thing to read is not the posts, but the comments to the posts (as well as the guest book linked on the right side of the screen). If you haven't read many blogs besides JFW, you might not appreciate that the number of comments per post for her weblog is huge. Better than this, however, you get to see all of these guys falling all over themselves and trying different angles and wanting to come across as smart and appropriately worshipful in order to get her attention.

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