Java Zen:Thinking Out Loud Wednesday, 2017.01.18
After decades of running an IV drip right into their audience, people in the
entertainment business had understandably come to think of them as rather
passive. They thought they'd be able to dictate the way shows reached audiences.
But they underestimated the force of their desire to connect with one another.

		Paul Graham

2007.09.12

Politics As Sports

From the OpinionJournal:

The NFL is investigating charges that a New England Patriots employee videotaped the New York Jets’ signals over the weekend, potentially tainting the Pats’ 38-14 opening-day victory. And MSNBC.com’s Bob Cook sees an analogy:

Even though [Patriots coach Bill] Belichick is far from being found culpable . . ., the coach’s long history of poor sportsmanship means it hardly stretches the imagination to see him being Dick Cheney in the NFL’s version of warrantless wiretapping.

It’s just like wiretapping! Well, except that the war with al Qaeda isn’t a game, and the other side adheres to no rules whatever.

Neither are they held accountable. It does seem a significant portion of our politicians (and presumably their constituents) would rather just send al Qaeda to their room for a time-out and let the whole thing blow over.