Pettiness

We are in some danger of becoming petty in our study of pettiness; there is a terrible Circean law in the background that if the soul stoops too ostentatiously to examine anything it never gets up again. –G.K. Chesterton (from a non-spoilerific Harry Potter comment)

This is a good aphorism for bloggers, especially if the still largely oppositional culture of blogging becomes a primary source of information for large numbers of people. At some point, people like Brad DeLong are better off ignoring the fact that the MSM is covering Hilary’s cleavage than commenting on how stupid that coverage is.

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