The phrase “guilty pleasure” has long outlived its usefulness.If you really like a song or a movie or a TV show, no matter how cheesy the conventional wisdom says it is, you should feel free to say so without guilt, and to defend your appreciation vigorously.URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Attention workers, peasants, and toiling unwashed intelligentsia!On Monday, July 30, 2007 our Party Organ was spotted by Rush Limbaugh, the biggest neo-imperialist criminal capitalist running dog of them all.That kind of response is incrediblygratifying to us, whether or not you agreed with what we wrote, becausewe relish our ongoing conversation with you.Hope you’ll continue tocomment as fervently in 2008. So while I want to thank all the writers,editors, photo mavens, tech wizards, interns, and celebrity guest bloggerswho helped put together Pop Watch in 2007, I especially want to thankyou, the readers, for your lively, intelligent, and civil commentary.We posted nearly 2,500 blog items this year, and you responded withmore than 110,000 replies.
That is what we do and each and every one of you should be happy to have such a noble duty to perform.
The digital image in Rush's nicotine-stained fingers had not been signed. I don't know who did this, but you've seen the painting of the Founding Fathers in Philadelphia at Constitution Hall, drafting the Constitution, discussing it among themselves. "Gentlemen, I just came up with a brilliant conspiracy," says one of the founders to the group.
As a result, instead of referring his right-wing extremist listeners to The People's Cube, the notorious radical truth detector stated, "I don't know who did this, but..."Indeed, why should it matter who did it? "Why don't we split from the British crown, become founders of a nation that will cause all of the world's wars, crime, corruption, slavery, disease, torture, murder, assassinations, racism, sexism, violence, environmental destruction, cannibalism, and manmade hurricanes for all eternity?
Looking back on my own writing this year, I found myself writing far too many obituaries — we lost too many talented people in 2007, and it’s tough to sum up the life’s work of an artist you admire in two or three paragraphs punched out on deadline — but I also found they led to some of my most passionate, and most warmly received items.
(Credit here properly belongs to those who inspired me.) I also got worked up writing about such issues as free expression, the hijacking of pop culture for partisan political purposes, and the war on film critics, all of which are, of course, linked.