I have been seeing some mentions lately on various weblogs about the “2008 Weblog Awards”. What is amazing to me is that some normally reasonable people take these seriously. For example, Little Green Footballs is concerned that Juan Cole is leading one category. While I am in complete agreement concerning Cole himself, so what if he wins this? Any contest with Internet based voting is going to smell quite gamey to start with, but this one lets you vote again every so often. It’s clearly designed to favor weblogs with the most fanatical fans which is rarely a mark of quality. The few categories I haved looked at from those various mentions are all being won by what seem to be the most infantile and angry content. I will treat the winners the same way I do winners of the Nobel Peace Prize — people whose humanity (or basic sanity) is suspect until proven otherwise.