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November 12, 2004

Blogging Ethical Dilemma

It's one of the most serious conflicts I've encountered.

On one hand, there's a photo of Andrew Sullivan massaging his own ass -- kinda two-handed -- on Bill Maher. Now, I don't think this is such a big deal -- keep a camera on me long enough and you'll catch me spreading Marshmallow Fluff on my feet (it makes me feel sexy; don't judge me) -- but it is certainly embarassing for Sullivan, who deserves it. For other reasons, maybe, but this one will do.

But the problem is that this photo is linked on Wonkette. Who I really don't want to give any traffic or attention to.

See the problem here? This is trickier than the old "Would you assassinate Hitler as an innocent child?" hypothetical. The moral dimensions of this are just too vast to contemplate.

Dilemma Solved! Well, the initial reader response was pretty cool. Seemed to be on the vibe of "It's beneath even you; don't bother."

I should have remembered the Prime Directive of Blogging: Wonkette is not funny. And the corollary: As Wonkette is not funny, anything she posts is, ipso facto, not-funny.

Dilemma Avoided! This guy has the pic, too.

Ohhh... okay! Now that I see it on his site, it is sorta funny.

Thanks to Demure Thoughts/Temple of Jennifer.


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