May 07, 2002
A Mutant Meme Spreads

Two weeks ago I wrote two little pieces exploring the analogy blogger : journalist :: slut : whore (Sex, Money, and Blogging, and Journalistic Whores and Blogger Sluts). They attracted little comment, and no one seems to have taken up my reference to 'nymphobloggers', those who just can't stop blogging all night long, despite the lack of financial remuneration. (I wouldn't want to name any names, but you know who you are, G.R., P.Y., and S.G.) Perhaps my comparison was too crude.

Then again, perhaps not. Eugene Volokh has come up with a nice variation:

I AM NOT A MEDIA WHORE: I like to talk to the media, both print reporters and radio and TV, and do a good bit of it; so a friend of mine told me that I was a media whore. And then it dawned on me: I, and most of my academic colleagues who do these things, are not media whores. We're media sluts -- whores get paid.

I wish I'd thought of that. Letter From Gotham has also used "blogslut" to refer to someone who does not reciprocate when links are offered. All in all, my nasty little meme seems to be spreading like a mutating virus. Assuming, of course, that it is mine, and that someone else didn't beat me to it.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at May 07, 2002 11:13 PM