George Will Hates "You"

"You" knew it was coming. As soon as Time magazine crowned All of Us "Person of the Year" and pasted gimmicky foil mirrors on the cover of its iconic money mule, the countdown began on a torrent of Big Media dismissals. It started even before the issue went to press, when Brian Williams was tapped to register his dissent as part of the "Person of the Year" feature package. The NBC anchor worries that the nation will "miss the next great book or the next great idea, or that we will fail to meet the next great challenge...because we are too busy celebrating ourselves" amid the white noise of millions of online diaries and politics blogs.

The implication here is that the next great idea or book will be thoughtfully presented to a distracted America by NBC, home of the "Today" show. Despite the idiocy of Brian Williams lecturing anybody about the intelligent consumption of information, his critique was quoted with approval in an anti-"You" fastball with more mustard on it -- George Will's Dec. 21 column, entitled, "Full Esteem Ahead." Like Williams, Will is unhappy that so many formerly passive media-consumers have become merry media-makers, contributing to the online orgy of opinion that Time calls "the new digital Democracy."

Oh, is George Will pissed. The bow-tied one clearly and deeply resents the fact that he will spend the rest of his life watching his stature and influence wane, occasionally getting eaten alive by Americans who have always had a better sense of humor and now have their very own column spaces.


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