Featured blogger spews lies, libel, and invective


It’s a good news/bad news kind of day. The good news is that I am Philly Future’s new featured blogger; my reign of terror begins today with an interview in which I pontificate about the significance of weblogs. Thanks to the Philly Future team!

The bad news is, of course, that our beloved South Eastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) is on strike, resulting in a chorus of expletives from immobilized people across the region. Luckily, it turns out that I can leverage my new featured blogger powers and contribute to the strike’s finger-pointing and general mayhem. Last week, Forbes Magazine published a scathing article titled Attack of the Blogs. According to this guy Daniel Lyons,”web logs are the prized platform of an online lynch mob spouting liberty but spewing lies, libel and invective.”

So: bloggers are lazy and mean and can spread vicious rumors across the Internet with the click of a button. Excellent. So here’s the list, in order of importance, of the forces behind Philadelphia’s current mass transit brouhaha:

  1. The Liberal Media
  2. Death Cab for Cutie
  3. Michael Nutter
  4. That guy in front of Wawa.

There you have it, so let the spewing and lynching begin (if you’re not too tired from walking to the nearest regional rail station).

By the way, sorry if you bought into the SEPTA token scheme that I proposed earlier this year. The current value of your investment is approximately $0.00–my bad.

5 responses to “Featured blogger spews lies, libel, and invective”

  1. Type E

    Congrats!!!!

    While the strike is a major pain, I have noticed that center city smells a bit better today without all of the busses exhausting plumes of black soot.

    Yep. SEPTA stinks, in so many ways.

  2. howard

    My bad? … MY BAD?

    Is that all you can say? I withdrew every penny I had in major stocks and bond funds at the start of business on January 19 of this year and invested the whole jackpot in your can’t miss, “low risk, high profit” scheme. Then I told every elderly relative I have to do the same.

    Now I’m sitting here stuck with a room full of worthless bronze tokens that once represented my kids’ college fund (well, when I have kids, that is).

    I can’t believe I listened to you… I knew I should’ve diversified.

  3. Becky

    Howard, you’re young and will no doubt be able to wait this one out–your tokens will recover their value eventually. Sorry to hear about your elderly relatives, though.

    Good news: an alternate investment scheme has been proposed by one Mr. Cheung pui–his information is located at the bottom of the comments for the original SEPTA post.

  4. Jen

    That is the best picture ever.

  5. Becky

    Thanks, Jen. Photo credit goes to Type E, a behind-the-scenes Good Grief! staffer. I have no idea how he decided to take a picture of my sugar bowl and spoon rest, but I love it too!