This marks my last post as a guest-blogger for Volokh Conspiracy. I am very grateful and honored that Eugene V. has allowed me the opportunity.
During the last week or two, I think I have caught the bug for blogging. I can announce today that as of next Monday (Sept. 5) I will become one of the official bloggers for Ricochet.com.
Earlier in the week, I discussed a number of topics on which I planned to blog. I covered all of those topics, except one: my description of the anti-newsroom. I’m sorry I didn’t get to that. I hope to do so on Ricochet. (But you can get that discussion by reading Chapter 11 of Left Turn.) Also on Ricochet, I hope to respond to some of the criticisms of my media-bias work that have come from fellow social-science professors.
One reason that I did not cover the latter topics is that I spent more time than I expected responding to comments of VC readers and one VC blogger.
Throughout the week, I was reminded of the time when Jesse Ventura became governor of Minnesota. The day after the election, a newspaper quoted a professional wrestler with whom Ventura had worked. As best I can remember, here is the quote from that wrestler: “Jesse actually wasn’t that great a wrestler. What he was really good at was getting the audience into a screaming match against him.”
I think I may be the Jesse Ventura of bloggers.
While my blogging style may emulate a fake fighter, my first blog post at Ricochet will be about a real fighter, Manny Pacquiao. Specifically, I will break a story (as best I can determine, no media outlet or blog has ever reported it) that involves Pacquiao, one of his sponsors, Nike, and one of the most moving sights I’ve ever seen. I hope that many of you will follow me to Ricochet to read the story.