26 June 2008

Let's Your Heart Beat For the Revolution

The Next Right has an extensive post about political blogging and how it resembles the pamphleteering done during the heady days of the American Revolution. This is a very idealistic and inspirational concept, but, IMHO, until the blogosphere can become more advanced in self-correction, it more closely resembles the lewd and crass graffiti found sprawled on the walls of Pompeii. The knucklehead who claimed he had a tawdry gay love-in with Obama is just one example of how people are too gullible on the internets. Despite the fact that the guy was too poorly dressed to be gay, the allegations got way too much credibility on the conservative-leaning Free Republic back in February. Until we develop our savvy, we would be wise to pay homage to the original bloggers of Pompeii. Some hilarious examples translated from Latin:

Let everyone one in love come and see. I want to break Venus’ ribs with clubs and cripple the goddess’ loins. If she can strike through my soft chest, then why can’t I smash her head with a club?

We have wet the bed, host. I confess we have done wrong. If you want to know why, there was no chamber pot.

O walls, you have held up so much tedious graffiti that I am amazed that you have not already collapsed in ruin.

Below is an early campaign ad that translates "Asellina and her girls urge you to vote for Fusius for Minister of Public Affairs" written by a "madame". I don't know who Fuscus is, but I'm writing him in.