I ran in to this thread over at the People’s Cube (via Dean Esmay). I thought it was an interesting story of how CaféPress seems to have a warm spot for the openly pro-communist while harshing the mellow of anti-communists.
But what I found most interesting was a comment by someone pretending to be Paul Krugman (scroll down a bit past the “UPDATE”, or search for “Krugman”). I’d like to call it a parody but it’s not, because it uses literal quotes from Krugman himself. I think this will be an emergent phenomenon, an artifact of the way the Internet can not only preserve information but make it easy to find. For the chatterati, who are used to dropping last month’s arguments the way the glitterati drop last month’s style, it is likely becoming a source of increasing panic that so many can so easily dredge up those little embarassments. It must be even more mortifying to be mocked by your own words. I look forward to the future development of this new style mocking.