Monday, March 05, 2007

annals of attention markets

Back when I was in college, I remember the campus newspaper ran this cartoon whose caption was "Madonna: 20 Years Later." The drawing was of some scary-hagly-looking-woman with the hint that she was doing something sexually outlandish (like something you'd hear about in a particularly adept telling of "The Aristocrats" joke) and there was a giant thought bubble coming out of her head that just said "LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME." While twenty years have not yet passed since this cartoon, and it's not like Madonna hasn't had her share of artistic and psychological failures, she hasn't done that badly at maintaining her dignity as she has aged. The same cannot be said for Ann Coulter.

Presumably at some point Coulter is going to say something that causes everyone on the conservative carpet--who knows about the conservative fringe--to dissociate themselves from her for real this time and when this happens, I can see conservative males murmuring to each other, "Plus she's long past being hot anyway."


Gabriel said...

It looked like it would happen when National Review fired her for the "kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity" thing, but since then she's had several bestsellers and arguably become more famous not less.

I think there may be a structural thing here in that it's harder to purge someone from the position of pundit than say, Senate Majority Leader. Nonetheless it is amazing how she not only publishes rants but gets invited to speak at conferences.

jeremy said...

Gabriel: Yes, I agree about the greater difficulty with pundit purge. I guess my expectation is there will be a point where no candidate is going to want to be connected to her and she's not going to be asked to be the headline speaker for anything that is going to be televised. Maybe this incident is it.

Incidentally, regarding the matter you reference, here she is getting called out by National Review Online.

Anonymous said...

I have to say, I find her fascinating and I suspect we haven't had the "final reveal" for her yet. Is it possible that she's an undercover Stephen Colbert? Is she just in it for the fame? Does she just laugh herself to sleep every night?

So, while I do find her fascinating and I like to hear about her most recent successful shit-stirring, she does top my list of famous people I would NEVER want to meet. She replaces Camille Paglia, whom I unfortunately met.

Gwen said...

Did you hear about the movie "Teeth" that premiered at Sundance? It's about a girl who has teeth in her vagina, so men who try to sexually assault her get an unpleasant surprise.

The director said he was inspired to write it after taking a class from Camille Paglia.

Jerry said...

Wasn't there something in Coulter's last book about the "9/11 widows" being happy that their husbands had died? It seems as though she's had a much lower profile since that bit of hoopla.