Snakes in the Blogosphere!
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The Internet-propelled "Snakes on a Plane" flick opened with great fanfare and after an endless loop of e-driven hyperbole. And though snakes may not be able to chew their food (in spite of their carnivorous nature), they sure chewed their way through the "Intertubes" over the past year.
Even sandwiched between the 7x24 news binge of JonBenet Ramsey's alleged killer being caught in Thailand and Mel Gibson's no contest plea in his DUI case, "Snakes" was able to hold its own and keep the spotlight on its rattler long enough for every cable and broadcast news outlet, save for Al Jazeera, to do the standard three-minute package on Samuel L. Jackson's romp through the snake-friendly skies.
Excuse me, Stewardess, I speak snake.
Whether the snakes on Samuel L's plane are of the Chrysopelean nature must, by necessity, be left up to the ophiologists -- I'm just not interested in getting that close to snakes, on a plane or anywhere else.
Just know this: The venom being flung around the Intertubes about this movie is a harmless grass snake bite compared to the Cobra fangs being revealed over Nick Carr's blog posting entitled "The Great Unread," in which Carr bemoaned "the loneliness of the long-tail blogger."
To see what all the fuss is about, slither on over to Technorati and enter the tag "Nick Carr" to wallow in this particularly vituperative den.
"A List" blogger Shel Israel had an especially logical rejoinder to Carr's dispatch.
From his perch high upon the Castle ("Hey Shel, how's the view up there? Could you throw me a beer while you're up there?!"), Israel writes that:
"Like all other blog readers, I have the right to choose and the right to be fickle. I have the right to link or not and so do you and so does everybody else. A committee does not get to decide from high within the castle."
Not even a committee of annointed, venomous snakes.