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Twitteo killed the bloggio star

I’ve seen the future of Liebling opimality, and it ain’t pretty.

A. J. Liebling (author of The Honest Rainmaker and many other classics) once boasted, “I can write faster than anyone who can write better and I can write better than anyone who can write faster.” I’ve long admired this sentiment, as has political journalist Mickey Kaus, who has lived it by moving from magazine and book writing to blogging and, now, twittering.

I’m worried, though, now that Kaus’s blogging has become more twitter-like, that he’s approaching a logical extreme of Liebling optimality, which is to make his posts shorter and shorter and faster and faster until he’s reduced to sitting at his keyboard, posting single characters, one at a time, very rapidly:

e…r…y…4…2…n…u…and so forth.

Some spots on the efficient frontier are more comfortable than others, no?

P.S. On the other hand, I’m sure Kaus still has another book or two or three within him, if he decides to move back in the other direction along that curve.

4 Comments

  1. Jason says:

    Your best post title since "Galton was a hero to most"

  2. Andrew Gelman says:

    Jason: Thanks. My references may not be obscure, but they're apt.

  3. Isn't Kaus more of a myth-maker, myth-promoter, anyways? He's not my idea of a Gelman hero. I prefer political bloggers that have a greater transparency and ironic detachment from their own ideology.

  4. Andrew Gelman says:

    Kaus is a pioneering blogger; you gotta give him credit for that.

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