May 13, 2004
INDC Journal Interviews the Instapundit
Posted by Bill
In a serious blogging coup, I recently had the opportunity to throw a few questions at Professor Glenn Reynolds, aka the Instapundit, man of one-hundred thousand daily visits and UT law professor extraordinaire! What follows is a transcript of my exclusive interview with this true blogging phenom.
INDC Journal: Hello Professor Reynolds! Let me start this off by saying that as a lowly large mammalian blogger and really just a huge fan of yours, I’d like to take this opportunity to let you know what an honor it is to have the chance to interview you.
Glenn Reynolds: Indeed.
INDC: Thank you, thank you so much. Um, if we can jump right in, go ahead and get started? Ok, thanks. Many refer to you as “the Blogfather,” sort of the master of the Blogosphere, and certainly your number of unique inbound links and huge daily traffic levels would seem to give credence to this characterization …
GR: Good points, all.
INDC: … yes, well, when you first started blogging, did you ever imagine that Instapundit.com would get this big?
INDC: So, what, you were doing it as more of a hobby or an experiment? You were actually surprised by the speed at which you achieved your current popularity?
INDC: Okay … well, you often write about how blogging and other new media vehicles are revolutionizing the traditional media environment and changing the way that news is disseminated; do you think that this trend will lead to a situation where blogs may eventually eclipse or even replace traditional media?
GR: Hmm. You’d think.
INDC: Uh, care to elaborate on that?
GR: More thoughts on that at Glennreynolds.com.
INDC: Uh, yes … I’m sure that there are, but since we’re here and all … do you have any current thoughts on the matter?
GR: I guess.
INDC: And, those would be …
INDC: Um … … forgive me if I’m not making much sense here, this is my first interview, and I’m a little nervous. In no way do I intend any ... disrespect, but the interview might be a bit more informative if you could, uh, expand on some of your answers.
GR: So noted.
INDC: Ok, well, back to my initial question then - do you have any additional thoughts about the blogosphere’s role in the future media environment?
GR: But of course. More on that here.
INDC: Yes, yes, I see your laptop … um, but can you tell them to me?
GR: Update: more here ...
INDC: What the hell is your ...
GR: ... and here ...
INDC: Alright then ...
GR: ... and here.
INDC: ... let’s ... let's just skip ahead and try something a little different. I had thought it might be fun to liven up the interview with a little pop psychology.
GR: Yes, let's!
INDC: Ok, why don't you take a look at this inkblot and tell me what you see:
INDC: Ok, and this?
GR: It's not work safe.
INDC: Uh huh ... and this?
GR: Prison rape.
INDC: And ... here?
GR: Mazda RX-8.
INDC: How about this?
INDC: Lileks? No shit, huh? Ok. Well that was somewhat more revealing than your previous answers, but let's go back and try some regular questions again, shall we? I'll try one more time: the future of the blogosphere - where are we headed?
GR: Yet another update: more on that here.
INDC: Yes, yes, yes! I skimmed that article by Bill Quick like two years ago! What are your ...
GR: Read the whole thing.
INDC: Dammit! What are your thoughts? What do you think? Do you have any opinions of your own? Can you form compound-complex sentences? Jesus, you are really starting to piss me off, Reynolds!
GR: That's too bad.
INDC: Are you making fun of me? Is this ...
GR: I agree.
INDC: Is this a fucking joke to you? You think INDC Journal is just a fucking joke?!
GR: Not ready for prime time, if you ask me.
INDC: Not ready for prime time? Not ready for prime time?! Fine, fine! Screw this interview, and screw you, buddy! You can take your "more here's" and your "heh's" and your "Lileks's" and you can stick 'em where the sun don't shine! You hear me? I take funny pictures and crack jokes about moonbats, ok? And people like it, so you can just piss right off!
GR: I'd like to say that I'm shocked by this, but, well, I'm not.
INDC: I'm out of here!
GR: You'd think.
INDC: Kiss my ass Reynolds!
ANOTHER UPDATE: For my homies at the OTB Traffic Jam.
Posted by Bill at May 13, 2004 05:43 PM | TrackBack (18)
While some of my friends without a blog habit are watching Fellowhip of the Ring, here I sit laughing my fool head off from reading this "interview," prompting quizzical looks. But how to explain?
Nonetheless, the interview is the funniest thing I've read in days.
Posted by: Jody at May 13, 2004 08:34 PM
You nailed him! I laughed my a$$ off! (I do adore Glenn, truly.)
Posted by: Peg C. at May 13, 2004 08:37 PM
Darn, and I was wondering if he still made energy drinks by putting puppies in blenders(http://www.imao.us/archives/000567.html). Perhaps next time?
Posted by: Tony at May 13, 2004 09:28 PM
I also wanted to ask him if he was a robot, but he was like wood, man. Wood.
Posted by: Bill from INDC at May 13, 2004 09:30 PM
Posted by: Glenn Reynolds (not really) at May 13, 2004 10:06 PM
Two words: Hi. Larious.
Posted by: Robert the Llama Butcher at May 13, 2004 10:18 PM
I once shared a cab with Dustin Diamond. No shit.
He's bigger in person than he is on TV, where he's 32" at most. In extreme closeup.
Wait, is this Wil Wheaton's weblog...?
Posted by: Jeff G at May 13, 2004 10:19 PM
Great, like Chapelle's Rick James, Biiiitch.
Posted by: aaron at May 13, 2004 11:10 PM
Posted by: Brian at May 13, 2004 11:28 PM
Posted by: Iraqi Intelligence at May 13, 2004 11:33 PM
I am getting a secondary INDC-lanche this morning. Where's your traffic coming from? Instapundit hasnt linked to you.
Public sitemeters are good.
Posted by: The Commissar at May 14, 2004 09:35 AM
Look at the trackbacks ...
Posted by: Bill from INDC at May 14, 2004 09:39 AM
Wonderful job!!!! Hilarious!
Posted by: Plunge at May 14, 2004 09:47 AM
Excellent job Bill! I hope you got all of this interview down on tape or something. You know, for posterity's sake.
I hear he shaves his legs too.
Posted by: Val Prieto at May 14, 2004 11:35 AM
Posted by: Andrew Sullivan at May 14, 2004 12:56 PM
brevity is the soul of wit. and lingerie. i saw it on Northern Exposure once.
Posted by: IB Bill at May 14, 2004 03:32 PM
A more brilliant ploy to attract an Instalanche I have not seen in a while. Kudos. The one thing it's missing is the occasional "er."
Posted by: Sage at May 14, 2004 03:39 PM
So Bill, do you pay Glenn Reynolds by the word for an interview?
Posted by: Blackfive at May 14, 2004 03:45 PM
I was laughing almost immediately, but I totally lost it with "Nanobots".
Not only hilarious, but done in a way that you can love Glenn's blog and -still- die laughing. It really is a classic.
Posted by: Qwinn at May 14, 2004 03:46 PM
I'm starting a Glen Watch to count the # of Heh's, Indeeds, RTWT, and More Here's.
I should be very busy.
Posted by: Marble at May 14, 2004 03:51 PM
Play the Glenn Reynolds drinking game - one drink for every "more here" and two for every "heh."
Posted by: Bill from INDC Journal at May 14, 2004 03:56 PM
Beat you to that one awhile ago...October 2003
Posted by: Blackfive at May 14, 2004 03:58 PM
well done, indeed.
Posted by: Mr. Bingley at May 14, 2004 04:02 PM
Blackfive - funny, when I was doing this one, I was like, "Someone has to have thought of this ..."
Posted by: Bill from INDC Journal at May 14, 2004 04:03 PM
Lileks. HAW HAW HAW
Posted by: SarahW at May 14, 2004 04:34 PM
No, the best spoof was Acidman's "The Daily Bloat" at Gut Rumbles (doing Lileks imitation).
Posted by: Blackfive at May 14, 2004 05:41 PM
Well, nobody ELSE had put it in the comments...
Posted by: Also Not Glenn Reynolds at May 14, 2004 06:00 PM
This certainly has created a kerfuffle.
Posted by: James at May 14, 2004 06:56 PM
That was hilarious! Loved it. Reminds me of the radio debate early in the Democrat primaries where one idiot, I think Kucinich, tried to make a point with a pie chart.
Posted by: George Turner at May 14, 2004 07:38 PM
I knew that was you, James!! What a kerfuffle!
Posted by: Margie Berwick at May 14, 2004 09:15 PM
Andrew so wonderfully illustrates Marxs' take on animosity between the classes......where inter-class goodwill is absent, Andrew uses his pursuasion.
I'm so full o' shite tonight.
Posted by: Mbarek at May 14, 2004 09:15 PM
Gawd, I love blogs.
Posted by: John at May 14, 2004 11:09 PM
Just followed the "Heh" from the BIG GUY'S site. Congrats!
Posted by: Gordon at May 14, 2004 11:09 PM
Very funny.... indeed.
Posted by: RandMan at May 14, 2004 11:12 PM
Yes indeed you found the essential Reynolds. Now do for Tim Blair, who is on a working vacation from blogging.
Posted by: Papertiger at May 15, 2004 01:13 AM
Oh, and your inkblots all looked like Rachael Corrie.
Posted by: George Turner at May 15, 2004 03:00 AM