Amusement is a matter of perspective
Posted by aogWednesday, 12 November 2003 at 13:49 TrackBack Ping URL

Over at Harry’s Place he has a link to what he considers an amusing cartoon by Tom Tomorrow. As one of the comments sums it up with

Mr. Tomorrow was aiming at bloggers who have never experienced war but who seem to think of blogging as a war-like experience.

If we accept that view (which I think is accurate), then Tomorrow isn’t going after webloggers who supported the war but only those who think their writing is the equivalent of combat. That excludes every single pro-war weblogger I have ever read. Who, then, is Tomorrow actually talking about? Can anyone provide a single example of this species? Why target the non-existent?

I think it’s a standard bait and switch, which is well demonstrated in the comments. It starts with Tomorrow’s actual point, “it is ludicrious to compare weblogging with military service”, which is true even if such people don’t exist. It then transmogrifies rapidly in to “it is wrong for those without combat experience to advocate war” which is a completely different point. I find it amusing that the Left is reduced to this, but I suspect that’s not what Harry meant.