Blog threat levels

Friday, 18 February 2005

When faced with deciding which is a greater problem in daily life, one must conclude that terror disrupts far fewer American lives than online journalism. It’s time we took the threat seriously.

We provide the following blog terror alert level indicators as a public service [Ed: and final payment on the court-ordered community service]. We hope we’re in time to save lives.

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Severe: Naturalism. Rife with the endless, meaningless details that make up daily life.

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High: Deep Recursion. Also known as Motel Mirror — all “content” is about blogging or other blogs.

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High: Scatological (02/21/2005). Focus is on feces, reproductive anatomy, or “self-abuse.” Topic suggested by Daniel at

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High: M&Ms (02/24/2005). Misanthropy, malice, misogyny, mordancy, morosity, and misery. Topic suggested by ianrbruce

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One-Trick Pony

Elevated: One-Trick Pony. Had a few excellent posts once, now awash in pointless mediocrity.

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Remedial Design

Elevated: Remedial Design (02/20/2005). Page layout and color scheme may induce epileptic seizures.

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Guarded: Dilettante (02/20/2005). Tedious reviews of subtitled films and pretentious indie music. Courtesy of Vicky at

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Guarded: Schizophrenic (02/21/2005). Roulette of dream logic, celebrity hate mail, and relived episodes. Courtesy of Ashley after a little self-examination

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Guarded: Self-Promotion. Serves only to promote blogger’s side-projects and business.

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Train Wreck

Low: Train Wreck (02/21/2005). The downward spiral in HTML—keep a safe distance to enjoy.

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Low: Narcissism (hers). Nothing but a long love letter the blogger is writing to herself.

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Low: Narcissism (his). Nothing but a long love letter the blogger is writing to himself.

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Tech notes

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