Is Andrew Sullivan Borrowing from the Blue? March 18, 2013 4:51 PM   Subscribe

This post on Andrew Sullivan's The Dish sure looks like a typical post on the blue, in a way that haven't seen before, and I'm a regular reader/subscriber.

Not that it's a bad thing, but it gives me pause.
posted by Short Attention Sp to MetaFilter-Related at 4:51 PM (13 comments total)

Well, he does allow image tag...
posted by KokuRyu at 5:00 PM on March 18, 2013

Are you accusing him of lifting material from posts here or just sharing a stylistic similarity?
posted by modernnomad at 5:49 PM on March 18, 2013

He's definitely aware of Metafilter. He has quoted stuff from Metafilter before (with appropriate credit given to the quoted Mefite!).
posted by meese at 5:51 PM on March 18, 2013

Wait, so he has a post with links and embedded quotes in it . . . how is that not generic blogging style? I know it's fashionable to hate on Sullivan around here, but he's been writing posts like that for years, and many items on the blue have been sourced on his blog, which tends to come up with some of the best content as it's going viral, and well ahead of Metafilter on certain kinds of content.

File under huh?
posted by spitbull at 5:55 PM on March 18, 2013 [2 favorites]

This is an odd post.
posted by grouse at 5:58 PM on March 18, 2013

modernnomad, get a grip. I am not accusing him of anything. I just thought the similarity of style of the linked article to a post on the blue was noteworthy, especially knowing, as meese says, that he's aware of Metafilter.

spitbull, I don't hate Andrew. Far from it, I'm a subscriber. It seemed to me that the linked post was less like him and more like MeFi, but perhaps I'm mistaken in that. It just seemed interesting to me.

If the mods agree that this post is "odd," close it up. No problems here.
posted by Short Attention Sp at 6:02 PM on March 18, 2013

Yep. That blog post does indeed look like a blog post.
posted by Sys Rq at 6:10 PM on March 18, 2013 [7 favorites]

I agree. That's a blog post, without a doubt.
posted by octobersurprise at 6:18 PM on March 18, 2013

Yeah, he seems to be following the rules. He got his own blog.
posted by Toekneesan at 6:20 PM on March 18, 2013 [7 favorites]

ash, i dont know whats happening
posted by boo_radley at 6:26 PM on March 18, 2013

Blog post is bloggy. And modernnomad asked the same question I was going to, just clarifying, not evidence of a lost grip.
posted by donnagirl at 6:26 PM on March 18, 2013 [2 favorites]

modernnomad, get a grip.

That escalated quickly.
posted by absalom at 6:29 PM on March 18, 2013 [11 favorites]

Not sure why people are being weird about this, but I'm going to close this up.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:31 PM on March 18, 2013 [2 favorites]

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