July 14, 2007

So, what do you want to know?

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Ask me some questions and I'll vlog a response. Isn't that what Rosie O'Donnell does? I'd like to try that.

43 comments:

rhhardin said...

Sociologist Erving Goffman, lecturing on the lecture as a social form (``anybody who says he's torn up his prepared speech to talk extemporaneously has torn up the wrong speech''), writes "

``It is in this sense that every lecturer, merely by presuming to lecture before an audience, is a functionary of the cognitive establishment, actively supporting the same position : I repeat, that there is a structure to the world, that this structure can be perceived and reported, and therefore, that speaking before an audience and listening to a speaker are reasonable things to be doing, and incidentally, of course, that the auspices of the occasion had warrant for making the whole thing possible. Even when the speaker is tacitly claiming that only his academic discipline, his methodology, or his access to the data can produce a valid picture, the tacit claim behind this tacit claim is that valid pictures are possible.''

Would this apply to blogs by women?

Uncle Jimbo said...

Where does the white go when the snow melts?

Cordially,

Uncle J

XWL said...

Paper, or plastic?

XWL said...

Quien es mas macho, Rosie O' Donnell o Tom Cruise?

tambien


Quien es mas macho, Dahlia Lithwick o Nina Totenberg?

tambien

Quien es mas macho, Justice Breyer o Justice Kennedy?

Simon said...

Opportunity always presents itself when inspiration is out to lunch, doesn't it... Let's see. How about a general question and a law question. What are you looking forward to most about living in NY? What do you expect for the future of federalism, both generally as a matter of shifting political tides and particularly at the Supreme Court (do you attatch any significance to Alito's citation to Garcia in United Haulers Assn., for example)?

Luckyoldson said...

Based on this comment, why are we still there?

"BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki shrugged off U.S. doubts of his government's military and political progress Saturday, saying Iraqi forces are capable and American troops can leave "anytime they want."

Simon said...

(^ I limit myself to questions (a) appropriate to this forum and (b) of general interest.)

reader_iam said...

There's coincidence for you: I came into this comment section to ask you if, a little over a year and a half after reviewing Kenji Yoshino's "Covering," the saying "Don't think so hard, life is not so simple" still resonates, and if you'd still recommend the book.

And rhhardin references Goffman, he of "Stigma" and covering/passing fame, in the the first comment!

Paddy O. said...

I'm a little curious about your personal religious views and background. You touch on this topic occasionally, teach a class, I believe, relating to religion and otherwise relate to the topic a bit more than most other popular blogs.

Maybe this is too personal. But you did ask what we would want to know.

reader_iam said...

So now I'll add a question: Do you believe in coincidence?

Simon said...

Oh, here's another Q (I left out an artistic question, silly me): which piece of art has most resonated with or otherwise moved you?

Theo Boehm said...

Are you going to do more podcasts, or is it video from here on?

FWIW, I enjoyed the podcasts.

Simon said...

Perhaps a question about the war, and I'll get a respectful one in before the less respectful crowd cover the same ground - do you think it's become unwinnable? Regardless of whether it was right to go there in the first place, are there any circumstances in which you could foresee concluding that it was time to cut our losses and pull out, no matter what the state on the ground?

Bea Arthur said...

Professor,

When you come to New York, do you plan to give any public lectures, or participate in public forums, debates, etc.?

I'm dying to see you in person, because you are great on your (technically really crappy, sorry to say) videos. The camera is your friend, and I'm wondering if you're as good in person.

Don't worry. I won't bother you. I'm just an old lady who looks a little like your friend Annie Gottlieb, only worse. Much worse.

Chip Ahoy said...

Can those flowers up there be eaten?

reader_iam said...

Theo: Ditto.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

Who does your hair?

reader_iam said...

Say, think you could whip all of this into a podcast, perhaps between your first and second sleeps, in time for me to download it for my flight at an ungodly early hour tomorrow? I don't leave for the airport for 4-1/2 more hours. C'mon, you can do it. For the little people.

Meade said...

This is a followup question to Chip Ahoy's question, assuming the answer to Chip Ahoy's question is 'yes.'

Should they be?

Wade Garrett said...

What I want to know is why you deleted my post. It was a perfectly fair question.

peter hoh said...

I have a lot of questions about the cosmos.

Ann Althouse said...

I keep meaning to do my podcasts again. Believe it or not, I get tired of talking! Writing is different.

Maybe I'll do a simultaneous video and audio and edit the video to fit the YouTube 10 minute limit and put the unedited audio up as a podcast.

So keep thinking up questions.

Wade: The answer to you is that you brought up private facts that intruded on a private individual who did not present himself here. That's inappropriate.

Ann Althouse said...

Wade: That has no place on my blog. Don't post again on this subject.

Wade Garrett said...

Fair enough, professor. I just e-mailed you; I look forward to reading your response. In my defense, I didn't type anything that hasn't been made publicly available elsewhere by the party in question.

Ann Althouse said...

As I said, you introduced private facts about a private individual who has not intruded himself here. That's the rule. It's obvious and easy to remember. Follow what I bring up or talk about public figures.

Ron said...

What (or who) do you love most in the world? Is it a concept, a person, a thing? Specifics are not necessary; what interests me is the degree and intensity of your love for it.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Why is it that cats can intrude into our thoughts, make us do their will..... open the can of tuna damn it!! Let me in....let me out....; and are completely impervious to our own desires?

Yet, we allow them to co-habitate with us ....and shed hair everywhere!!. We still love and pet them.

What does that say about us?

Simon said...

DBQ - it's because they pwn us with their incessant cuteness. ;)

mythusmage said...

Dust Bunny Queen,

Cat behavior is appropriate for other cats, but they don't know how to behave where humans are concerned. A human (we'll call her "AA") reaches down to scratch a cat's tummy, and the cat thinks AA wants to play. AA doesn't know this is how cats play fight, and so she thinks she's being attacked. For someone like AA a cat like the Maine Coon is best, because Maine Coons understand humans better than most other breeds of cat.

Anne Althouse,

1. Boxers or briefs?

2. If you could understand any species of animal in the world, which species would it be?

3. Have you ever blogged during a bad hair day?

4. Should the American legal system divide lawyers into barristers and soliciters?

5. Do you have an online gallery for your photographs?

6. How many pictures do you take a day?

7. Are judges exceedingly reluctant to declare someone a vexatious litigant?

8. Are cats exceedingly ready to give you a hard time?

9. Just how dumb are moose?

10. Just how dumb are criminals?

TMink said...

What music is in heavy rotation lately?

How many gigs on the iPod?

5 Desert Island Discs.

Try

peter hoh said...

Please tell us the context to "He is the box."

XWL said...

One more question.

That attempted robbery turned into wine and a group hug story, do you buy it?

Seems fishy to me.

peter hoh said...

A few days ago, Sullivan posted a snippet written by James Fallows (in '82) about writing on a computer.

Seems to me that blogging is the next revolution in writing, as writers and readers have a chance to interact with each other like never before. For some writers, this is probably a good thing. For others, not so much.

I suspect that you, Ann, are in the former category.

This past year, I heard a lecture and follow-up Q&A by an author and think-tank member. As she spoke, I picked up on things that seemed a direct result of her interactions with readers of her blog.

So here's my question: How has the process of interacting with readers affected your non-blog writing?

ricpic said...

Criminals dumber than meese.

Ron said...

Puddy tats to me, are in the Althousian 'men in shorts' category; their supposed 'cuteness' strikes me as cute as Dennis Kucinich in the Tim Curry part in Rocky Horror, and their Jedi Mind Tricks make nary a dent in my Spock-like countenance.

The size (and girth) of the cats in my neighborhood do inspire me to think of the ol' drop kick; you never know if '20's single-wing football will come back into fashion, and ya gotta be ready...

Ann Althouse said...

Peter: I guess I never said exactly what the "He is the box" conversation was, but I do identify the person who got it basically right, and now I can't remember that much of it. It was something about how Presidents nominating Supreme Court justices can tell whether the person will stay "in the box" -- continue in the political position the President perceives at the time of nomination. There was talk at the time about whether Harriet Miers would stay in the box. Someone must have said that Reagan hoped Scalia would stay in the box and got what he wanted. And I said "he is the box," a quip that meant: He's the definition of conservatism.

ricpic said...

Regarding Alito: why is adhering or attempting to adhere to the letter of the law labeled conservative? Isn't it simply correct? Not politically correct, just correct.

ricpic said...

Alito, Scalia: same difference.

peter hoh said...

Ann, thanks for filling in the blanks. That was a great thread, becoming much more fun as we veered off course.

Justin said...

How do you feel about english words that have the exact same definition? For a simplistic example, mad and angry. Personally, I would like to believe that every word is at least subtly different from every other word. But there does seem to be some redundancy. Any thoughts?

Ann Althouse said...

Expect a vlog and a podcast soon, answering the questions.

Ann Althouse said...

Justin: Excellent question, but too late to get into this round of answers. Maybe I'll do this again soon.

peter hoh said...

"I have a lot of questions about the cosmos" was a reference to the flowers in the photos that accompanied this post. The majority of the flowers in the foreground are cosmos, with a few red zinnias in the mix, too.