Tuesday, May 29, 2007

This Would Explain a Lot About Why the Blogosphere Isn't Better

By Mitchell

Via the Onion.

Why do I feel as if I know most of those people?

UPDATE: Drew wonders if that last comment of mine was intended to suggest the existence of something such as P.J. O'Rourke's Enemies List, and whether or not any of our fellow bloggers should take umbrage at it. Well, we're far too genteel around here to have something such as an enemies list; and no, if you're listed on the sidebar, you have nothing to fear. However, there certainly have been cases in the past when a blog has disappeared from the sidebar - were they part of the 38%? We report - you decide.


  1. This brightened my day! LOL!

    The Drivel Blogger

  2. "In 2002, Fultz's team shook the academic world by conclusively proving the existence of both bad ideas during brainstorming and dumb questions during question-and-answer sessions."

    I believe that the highest percentage of "dumb questions" may be found coming from reporters at press conferences, with special mention reserved for those at military press conferences.

    Somebody once said "There is no such thing as a stupid question." I believe they were wrong.

  3. Terry,
    Blogger certainly, but no drivel from you!

    I absolutely agree with you. I would add audience and email questions at presidential debates as a strong contender.


  4. I might retract my statement that "there is no such thing as a dumb question" when it comes to the case of apologetics programs.

    But listening to simplicity of some questioning on live Q&A programs can often be excruciatingly painful if you have been a Catholic for a long time.

    But there are many things that I don't know and I do therefore value highly the program of Fathers Levis and Trigilio, "Web of Faith", on EWTN. The program is recorded but generally the questions are more interesting to me.

    And I heard them say in an interview once that they do not get an advance look at the questions. That adds a bit of spontaneity to the program.

  5. Ray,
    That's very interesting. I've seen and enjoyed the program in the past, but had always assumed they'd seen the questions beforehand. That's impressive.


  6. Mitchell:

    They both have PhD's and Father Levis, the older one, has written a very popular simplified catechism dating to before the "official" catechism.

    And Father Trigilio (Opus Dei) has written (with another priest) "Catholicism for Dummies" which has been translated into a half dozen languages and has 10 printings in English.


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