I couldnt let the day slip by without linking to Al Kamens column in todays Washington Post. Its about the varied approaches taken among the increasingly crowded field of federal bloggers, and how sometimes good intentions go awry.
For instance, there is the blog at the Transportation Security Administration that Kamen implies is at risk of completely devolving into a moshpit of angry-traveler stories.
Then there is the EPA blogger (actually, the agencys deputy administrator) who apparently has a tendency to make points about the environment in what might be described as the most circuitous way possible, such as one post that began with this prelude about, of all things, Amy Winehouse:
She is an incredibly skilled person, he wrote. She is also incredibly self-destructive.
But, he says, heres the fascinating question: would a clean Amy Winehouse still be Amy Winehouse? What if someone had grabbed her when she was still impressionable and sent her down a different, cleaner, path? What if we had the talent without the drugs?
Cleaner path? OK, so you can probably see where its going.
At any rate, its enough to make me count my blessings that this little ol blog hasnt quite caught the attention of Kamens barbed quill. Happy weekend, everybody!
(Hat tip: Michelle)