The nominations for the Koufax Awards, sort of a best-lefty Blog-Oscars are going up category by category. I appreciate that somebody nominated Learn to Say Ain't for Best Post and Lunch Discussions #145: The Crazification Factor for Best Humorous Post. Terrifyingly, the Crazificaton Factor has become a semi-legitimate discussion term out there in the political miasma. Yikes.
I wince at Learn to Say Ain't being nominated, to tell you the truth. Although I stick by my point, in rereading it I now have a different set of skills, have done far more political writing, and would have approached it somewhat differently. All told, though, with the current arguments about "message" and "framing" still raging, its relevance seems only to have increased. I think it's actually incomplete without its follow-up. The follow-up, if I may engage in some blunt self-criticism, is the better post (and the other people commenting on it are far more insightful than I am. The comments on that on are spiffy). Even more I realize I need to go back and expand on this stuff with some of the meme-theory research I've been doing. Great. More research, when I could just puke out half-baked ideas like Goldberg and Apuzzo and get paid for it if I crossed the aisle. "Trying" sucks, kids.
"Crazification" is mostly funny because my friend Tyrone is funny. Although I'd urge you to blow off the "Ain't" post, vote for "Crazification" so I can thank Tyrone in the speech.
Anyway, whoever nominated, thanks. Voting is not open, but when it does, I will turn you loose, crazed "don't-really-like-me-but-are-just-here-for-Blue-Beetle-updates-actually" minions!