February 15, 2005

Hot Babe Blogger Action Right Here!

I was practically rolling on the floor, huffing Sandcrawler fumes and howling with laughter, while reading Dr. Rusty's exposure of the latest Blogger-Babe-who-turns-out-to-be-a-guy and the ripple-effect claims it generated throughout a certain rayther sick section of the Blogsphere. Go on over and click around. He's She's waiting for you......

As a matter of fact, there is genuine historical precedent for this sort of thing. Ben Franklin's very first, well, screeds, appeared in print as the writings of one Silence Dogood, a provincial widow. (I know it ain't exactly "Lusti Backdoore", but c'mon, we're talking mid-18th Century Puritan Boston here.) Furthermore, he sought to boost circulation of his first newspaper in Philadelphia by inserting occassional bits of sex humor and gossip, as well as writing letters to the editor under such female pseudonyms as Celia Single and Alice Addertongue.

As you might have gathered, I am currently reading Walter Isaacson's recent biography of Franklin. I know it's old hat to the more sophisticated bloggers out there, but what is absolutely fascinating from the Blogsphere point of view is that virtually everything Isaacson (and Franklin himself) says about 18th Century printers of newspapers and pamphlets is very much applicable to 21st Century bloggers. The parallel is uncanny. Granted I'm not very far along yet, but Isaacson himself seems to sail right past this. To the extent he talks about Franklin's legacy to the modern Press, he is still plainly operating in MSM mode.

Okay, enough of the history lesson. I promised Hot Babe action and I won't be accused of selling our readership short. Therefore, courtesy of Sheila, I give you Girl on Girl. Have fun!

UPDATE: Oh, but merciful God in Heaven above, don't go here! My eyes! They burn! They burn!

UPDATE DEUX: Okay, now Reynolds is pinching my material. Just thought I'd mention it.

Posted by Robert at February 15, 2005 08:56 AM

I read Isaacson's book also; I think it is a great one.

Of all the founders, there is no doubt Franklin would fit in the best today. I thought of the same parallels between blogging and printing in colonial days. What we are doing is really not much different than what Franklin did.

Posted by: The Colossus at February 15, 2005 09:07 AM
Post a comment

Remember personal info?