Culture11, in Hindsight

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

The Washington Monthlyoffers a post-mortem for Culture11, which, roughly, was an attempt at a conservative version of Slate.

I think the site needed more time to develop an identity. The writing was uneven, and unfortunately, the highest-trafficked parts of the site (the “Ladyblog,” for example) also hosted some of its weakest material. (Note to friends of mine who posted at Ladyblog: Not you, of course!)

That said, I very much enjoyed reading people like Conor Friedersdorf, Peter Suderman, and James Poulos (among others). And for that, I’m sorry the site is gone.

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15 Responses to “Culture11, in Hindsight”

  1. #1 |  Matt D | 

    I’m assuming you’re referring to the hookup post that caused such an uproar. I’ll agree that it was weak in the sense that it wasn’t fleshed out very well, but at the same time, I think the right really, really needs discussion of sex and sexual politics that doesn’t start from and with the assumption that sex is bad, bad, bad.

  2. #2 |  John Swift | 

    For those of you new to this site a word of caution. There will be some interesting items to read here, but this is not a site for people that love liberty and freedom. This is a sight that was designed to further the cause of legalizing marijuana. The gentleman that runs this site is willing to overlook the current Washington power grab in the hopes that one day he will be able to smoke pot without worrying about getting in trouble. He is like many other young idealists who think their own talents enable them to shortcut 240 years of a republic whose citizens live freer than any in mankinds history. He is also too smart to see what 2,000 years of Christianity has done to uplift mankind and free us from tyranny. He’s like the 25 year old man in Caracus that sits in Starbucks while Hugo’s men storms the ADM plant.

  3. #3 |  Radley Balko | 

    I don’t smoke marijuana. Never have.

    Nice try, though!

  4. #4 |  Ben (the other one) | 

    John (#2): your rant would be more credible if you bothered to check with Starbucks first– they have no stores in Venezuela. And another thing: it’s spelled “Caracas.”

  5. #5 |  John Swift | 

    Thank you Keith Olberman! Did you go to Cornell also?

  6. #6 |  Mister DNA | 

    Um… didn’t any of you catch the poster’s name? I have a modest proposal for you… he can’t be serious.

  7. #7 |  recovering republican | 

    I never read Culture 11 very much because I saw that it was identified with Bill Bennett, who is a total douchebag hypocrite. Is gluttony a sin? Wanna bet on it? I checked the book of virtues, alright, it says to take the home team and give 6.5 points. Douche.

  8. #8 |  Stormy Dragon | 

    Culture11′s biggest problem is that it was trying to sell intelligent commentary to what has become an a more or less reflexively anti-intellectual political movement.

  9. #9 |  PogueMahone | 

    Thank you Keith Olberman! Did you go to Cornell also?

    Awwe, look at the adorable little troll.
    Doesn’t he look so cute trying to hump Balko’s leg?

    Enjoy them while you can ladies and gents, they grow up all too fast. I wonder if little Johnny will grow up to be as big as his asshole.

    Cheers.

  10. #10 |  thomasblair | 

    John Swift,

    You lost me here:

    He is also too smart to see what 2,000 years of Christianity has done to uplift mankind and free us from tyranny.

    Most thinking people are.

    I’d be curious to see you chart the history of scientific thought vs. the amount of de facto state power Christianity has held over the last 2,000 years. You know why they were called the dark ages, right?

  11. #11 |  MassHole | 

    John Swift needs to learn how to spell, and he’s a moron.

  12. #12 |  Regarding Liberty | 

    I just wanted to point out that I smoke marijuana. All the time. It’s great.

  13. #13 |  Danno49 | 

    #2 (and what an apropos number)

    “this is not a site for people that love liberty and freedom. This is a sight that was designed to further the cause of legalizing marijuana.”

    Oh . . . and getting people off of death row so they can smoke marijuana.

    And . . . reporting on dogs that smoke marijuana and are summarily executed by law enforcement.

    Lest we forget . . . bringing to light marijuana smoking doctors involved in fraudulent autopsies.

    Then there’s . . . online gambling concerns. No doubt there are people that smoke marijuana who involved with that.

    The list goes on. Yup. The Agitator is your one stop shop for all things related to loving oppression and pot.

    BTW, did you find the hidden portion of the site that has the hash brownie recipe? Those are some seriously good fucking brownies.

    Ack.

  14. #14 |  Mike T | 

    You know why they were called the dark ages, right?

    Obviously, you don’t. They’re called the “dark ages” because we don’t have much in the way of records from that era. Things like that tend to happen after the fall of a state as powerful as the Roman Empire.

    And regarding your point about Christianity and state power, compare that to what atheists did in the 20th century in the name of creating “scientific, modern societies.” Christian statism was paradise compared to what atheistic left-wingers inflicted on their captive populations in the 20th century.

  15. #15 |  James Brown | 

    I may not agree with Mr. Swift, but what is this movement to totally discredit someone because they spelled a word wrong? The talks about 2000 years of Chritianity and someone takes him on because of a typo.

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