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Friday, March 4, 2005

As seen on The Daily Show.

A bunch of readers have written to tell me that this site may soon be nominated for an Emmy in best comic performance by a picture of a computer screen! That's right, Jon Stewart's The Daily Show featured Philocrites on last night's program, part of a very funny report on "the new journalism." (Trey Jackson taped it, but cut out all references in the show to White House "correspondent" "Jeff Gannon"'s double life as a male escort, so you may prefer One Good Move's longer video instead.)

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[Updated 12.31.09: Embedded video added. Philocrites shows up about 2:30 into the clip.]

My role? I supplied compelling visuals for the following bit of advice to would-be bloggers: "If you're liberal, you want to show people that you're smarter than they are. Try something obscure and literary." Eschaton (aka Atrios) and I were the two featured smarty-pants. Jay Rosen got a speaking part. Good job, Jay!

I had a lot of fun in The Daily Show green room hanging out with the other blogs before our debut. Atrios and I noshed on wasabi peas while arguing about the role of religion in the Democratic Party, and I tried to intervene (briefly, pastorally) when and threw their pork rinds at him. Soon we all settled into some sort of common agreement about "MSM," which I had thought was just a new name for some kind of candy-coated chocolate until the StrongEagleCitadel guy (who named his first son "Swiftboatvet") explained it to me. You'd think things could have gotten a bit hot back there, but the couches were very comfy, just the right size for a blog to relax in, even with all the pressure of imminent national late-night exposure. I even discovered that FreeForceAmerica was raised Unitarian Universalist, but developed a severe allergy to soy products and became a pro-military libertarian instead, so we had lots to talk about.

To all the good folks visiting from The Daily Show, welcome!

Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 4 March 2005 at 8:59 AM

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March 4, 2005 09:29 AM | Permalink for this comment

You're livin' the dream, man!!! I so envy you...


March 4, 2005 03:20 PM | Permalink for this comment

I must confess. I went to Harvard with you and I still had to look up what your name meant. I'm thrilled your great content got press!


March 4, 2005 03:48 PM | Permalink for this comment

YAY, Phil! I went to college with Steve Colbert of "The Daily Show" and wanted to date him sooooo badly but never said anything. He was so adorable and fun and funny and was involved at the time with a pretentious wanna-be ah-ctress named Ayun Halliday who now writes a very pretentious column for self-described "hip" moms. I dislike her as much today as I did twenty years ago (she said, cheerfully and honestly).

Steve! I want you back!
Remember the fun we had that night crashing the Sarah Siddons Awards in Chicago?

I HEART The Jon Stewart Daily Show!!! And I HEART Philocrites!!

(going to have a calming nap now)


March 4, 2005 04:08 PM | Permalink for this comment

True confession: I am so pretentious that I made up my own name from scratch, inspired by my smarty-pants Classical Greek minor and by my even smartier-pants American Scholar subscription back in the days of Joseph "Aristides" Epstein. Ain't never been another Philocrites, and until Deuterophilocrites and Pseudophilocrites the Areopagite come along, ain't never gonna be another. (If you'd like to apply for the role of Second or Third Philocrites, please let me know: I'll establish a school and we'll each get our own volume in the Anchor Blogger Commentaries.)

Peacebang is what we call a Philocritophile: a lover of the love of criticism, or something like that.

Chris Tessone:

March 4, 2005 05:50 PM | Permalink for this comment

Congrats, Chris! I couldn't get to this post initially (did you get dailyshowdotted?), so I went off to watch last night's episode, which I had saved. Great stuff!


March 4, 2005 06:10 PM | Permalink for this comment

There's no time like the day after your debut on The Daily Show for your hosting company to have a nearly two-hour-long server failure. Ah, fate, you cruel mistress! Happily we're back on the air.

Brian Duffin:

March 5, 2005 01:33 AM | Permalink for this comment

Congratulations, Philocrites!

Surely, now, other former classmates from Orem High School will look-up from their cable-induced coma to exclaim, "I knew him when!"

Your writing is certainly worthy of note, and so too is your keen and exacting intellect.

You are my favorite liberal! (With sincere apologies to Alan Colmes- still another favorite of mine.)


March 5, 2005 04:06 AM | Permalink for this comment

Loves "criticism?" I was taking it to mean loves "power."

Wow. My Greek sucks.

who invented her own handle, too. Cuz; you know she's a chick and UUs dig chalices and... well... anyway... thanks for representin' on the Daily Show


March 5, 2005 10:44 AM | Permalink for this comment

Thanks to reader KT for making the nifty "As Seen on The Daily Show" starburst that now adorns the front page. I'm dazzled.

CC, you're thinking more along the lines of Philodynamis, I think. The second part of my name is from "krites," or judgment. Love and judgment, love of judgment: criticism. Nevertheless, it's true: I have the power. Bend to my will.


March 5, 2005 10:49 AM | Permalink for this comment

One Good Move also has video (Quicktime, 9.7M).


March 5, 2005 11:01 AM | Permalink for this comment

So I tried to get into Harvard once, but it was "Head of the Charles" day and there was security everywhere...

For what it is worth, Philocrates (note the slight difference in spelling) was one of the Athenian generals at the siege of Melos (yes, during the Peloponnesian War) whose forces, upon their inevitable victory, "put to death all the men of military age whom they took, and sold the women and children as slaves." I am sure, however, that he loved his dog...

Anyway, just an interesting historical tidbit! My Thucydides post is still in the Unity Archives for anyone who want to link to the original text (the very end of book five).

Rock On Philocrites! I am so relieved to learn that you are a better speller than I...


March 5, 2005 11:41 AM | Permalink for this comment

Ah, yes, famous Greeks who are sometimes mistaken for Philocrites: Philocrates, paid partisan of the Macedonians, and Philoctetes, who killed Paris with Heracles' bow in the Trojan War and is the protagonist of a play by Sophocles. ("Philoctetes" was the text in my fifth-quarter Classical Greek class at the University of Utah. Thanks, Professor Svendsen!)

That "i," folks, is really key. Spell-checking your friends is bad form, so I've just resigned myself to being Googlable as all sorts of classical characters. Meanwhile, the number of people who can't get my eminently English name right simply mystifies me: I've received letters at the magazine addressed to Carl Watson, Courtney Wilton, Charles Watkins, and all sorts of other combinations. If that isn't enough identity confusion for you, I once lived in a three-apartment building that had two Chris Waltons living in it — which led to amusing and not-so-amusing mix-ups with the Post Office and the other Chris's creditors — and, at the very same time, I was attending HDS, where yet another Chris Walton worked. Whew!

The simplest solution, I think, is simply to go by "Philo" pretty much all the time.


March 5, 2005 11:48 AM | Permalink for this comment

Who was the guest on the Daily Show when Philocrites was on?


Chris Tessone:

March 5, 2005 03:07 PM | Permalink for this comment

CC: It was Ari Fleischer.


March 5, 2005 08:16 PM | Permalink for this comment

The CSO and I had it TIVO'd and we're watching it now.

I've suggested he change his name to "Dino Ironbody"



March 8, 2005 04:47 PM | Permalink for this comment

Comedy Central has now posted its official version of correspondent Rob Corddroy's report, "Secrets of New Journalism Success," featuring the handsomely paid yet obscure and literary arch-liberal blog Philocrites.

I'm so handsomely paid, in fact, that I now own two pairs of pajamas and two bathrobes, one for blogging in the morning and one for blogging in the evening. Soon I'm planning to get a third pair decorated with Leer jets and Jaguars, just to show how lucrative this blogging gig is.

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