Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Yak and Cheese

On the very same day that Gary Kamiya publishes for Salon a 5,300-word article complaining about the quality of letters to the editor and the presence of trolls on the Internet [see my previous post], the editors of Salon vet and vomit a bizarrely smug 1,800-word muckraking column denouncing--and I am not making this up--boxed macaroni and cheese.

It's the new paradigm: yak and yuk. Needless to say, the letters are predictably priceless.

What used to be an influential online magazine has become a sad display of masturbatory self-parody. I dread that one day budding reporters will look back and regard this confluence of events as a high point of groundbreaking journalism and a watershed in American food writing. Sigh.