August 25, 2004 5:57 AM   Subscribe

Mr. M, Live and Direct from Iraq
posted by angry modem (12 comments total)
Also here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.
posted by angry modem at 5:59 AM on August 25, 2004

Before even getting into the reports, I noticed the ads on the site. Who does he think is his audience?
posted by jaronson at 7:03 AM on August 25, 2004

Wow. It's all really amusing, if you're a fucking sociopathic asshole.
posted by stonerose at 7:06 AM on August 25, 2004

Yea, kinda hard to get beyond this (you might say):

posted by Oddly at 7:06 AM on August 25, 2004

Wow. How to justify an unwanted military occupation, save ignorant savages from themselves, and become a bigger dick... all at the same time? It's the American Dream!
posted by insomnia_lj at 7:18 AM on August 25, 2004

"I've also been to the palaces, and the tacky opulence was astounding. Not only was Saddam a dictator, but he had very bad taste. Of course, thinking of the money spent to upkeep these monstrosities of the elite and the conditions the poor of Iraq live in made me fucking sick. It is a damn shame."

Now, this is something, of course, America knows nothing about.
posted by acrobat at 7:28 AM on August 25, 2004

This drags me back to 1997, with the proliferation of e/n sites and the camwhores who loved them.
posted by naxosaxur at 7:40 AM on August 25, 2004

I'm not a fucking sociopathic asshole, and I found this amusing.

Well. OK, not amusing, maybe. Maybe... what? Depressing? Certainly. Angering, because the entire situation was so easily avoidable? Hell, it's even funny, in an Absurdist-humor-Stanley-"Full-Metal-Strangelove"-Kubrick kind of way.

Oh, yeah, and it reminds me how, by the actions of my government and those that represent it, I am now ashamed to be an American every fucking second of every fucking day. 'Cause, you know, I didn't realize what living could be until I was involuntarily included in a group that spears dogs, teaches little kids to say "Buttstroke me" and randomly stomps inebriated, obese brown people into oblivion...

Hmmm. Maybe I don't think this is so amusing after all...
posted by JollyWanker at 7:51 AM on August 25, 2004

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posted by Outlawyr at 7:57 AM on August 25, 2004

This drags me back to 1997, with the proliferation of e/n sites

OK, I dug up this ancient thread specifically about "e/n sites," but I'm still not sure I know what the expression means. Here are a few attempts (from the thread) to define/explain it:

e/n: type of blog devoted to a mixture of links and personal content; deliberately unpretentious; often covers pop culture, tasteless humor, or sex.
I think the typical weblogger is a college graduate with an English degree. I think the typical E/N site is run by someone in high school or college. I think more than generational cultural differences set them apart...

posted by dhartung at 10:06 AM PST on September 7

I just heard the term "E/N" for the first time myself last week, from someone who found a link to me from Violet's Electralux, which is apparently an E/N site.
I wouldn't know the difference between that and a weblog either, given the wide range of sites that get called weblogs (whether they like it or not, heh), but the person I was talking with about this claimed the phenom has partial roots in the online gaming community...?

posted by Sapphireblue at 10:26 AM PST on September 7

E/N - "everything/nothing" to most, but alternatively labeled "entertainment/news" to others - is very much dominated by the 16-to-21 crowd, that's for certain. E/N sites are typified by a blend of news, links, observations, anecdotes, and personal commentary on all of the above, more often than not by a crew of multiple roughly like-minded posters.
At least, that's my stab at a definition. It's a deceptively difficult thing to qualitatively express. To wit, the E/N community seems to be in a perpetual state of discussion about "what is E/N?", and moderately heavy disagreement abounds. Some see the aforementioned StileProject as the "latest evolution of E/N"; many others feel Stile has transcended from E/N into a nature of its own. Similarly, some see all porn-based posters as "not really E/N", others are OK with porn but see Stile and his clones as "non-E/N", and yet still others fail to differentiate between the groups at all...

posted by youhas at 5:07 PM PST on September 7

Looking back from the distance of four years, do any of these seem especially accurate?
posted by languagehat at 8:18 AM on August 25, 2004

languagehat, good question, but difficult to answer. I think youhas most eloquently catalogues e/n in the third paste. The e/n oeuvre covers content from stile to ugo, and I could write a dissertation on this alone. The difference between blogs and e/n is fairly obvious to me, but I don’t think I could effectively state the countless minutia without continually crossing the elements or sounding hypocritical. Also, it’s impossible to segregate e/n from blogs without affecting judgment, bias, or rude sensibilities, which is why I’m not going to do it here. I think it’s really about how one interprets the content, and simultaneously how the author stylizes himself to deem the subject-matter appropriate. Personally, I just can’t imagine anyone gaining enlightenment from Mister M’s machismo and dogmatic embellishments other than juveniles and fools. It’s certainly an entertaining read on a base level, but so is watching monkeys fling poo at the wall...and that precisely is why his site is e/n. Anyway, seeing also that Mister M links to a litany of well-known e/n sites is - i surmise - the catalyst of my assertion that his is an e/n site.
posted by naxosaxur at 12:04 PM on August 25, 2004

What I have seen and done here has changed me forever. It has yet to be seen whether for good or bad, but I think perhaps it is good. My advice, borne from the fire and dust of this place, is that you all should count your fucking blessings. Your toilet flushes, your children are healthy, and no one comes to your home in the night and whisks away your family. The streets are free from heaps of offal steaming in the sun, there are relatively few corpses lying in your neighborhood, and believe it or not, you have freedom. Maybe it's dwindling, but that's no one's fault but your own for being complacent.

I'm not going to play the angel here. I've engaged in some pretty riotous buffoonery out here, partly because I'm a twisted fuck, partly to keep my sanity in this stressful environment. But I've kept the atrocities to a minimum. A little dog-spearing here, a little butt-stroking there, nothing too horrendous. Keeps me in good spirits.

(A) The guy writes well. It appears he's not an ignorant knob.

(B) Ambulance humour: you gotta laugh, or the blood and gore will end up driving you insane.

(C) I'm so fucking lucky in this life.
posted by five fresh fish at 4:10 AM on August 26, 2004

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