Silicon Graffiti Video: The Cold Civil War

posted at 12:15 pm on July 6, 2010 by Ed Driscoll

As Victor Davis Hanson wrote at National Review regarding the now disgraced General Stanley McChrystal, “If an officer cannot figure out Rolling Stone, how can he understand the Taliban?”

But then, these days, a commander always has to secure both the real and the media battlefield if he hopes to win. Or as Gerard Van der Luen of American Digest wrote in May of 2009:

The Media is how America fights its civil wars. In this war at least half the country is both under-served and is painfully aware it is being under-served and lied to.

In 2007, author William Gibson wrote the phrase the “Cold Civil War” for one of his science fiction novels. That led blogger April Gavaza, also known as the “Hyacinth Girl,” as well as Mark Steyn to pick up on the concept a year later. Back in 2008, one could argue that the Cold Civil War was indeed cold, but things began to heat up a bit the following year. In early 2009, President Obama took office, and quickly ramped up spending and government regulation to unsustainable levels, prompting Rick Santelli of CNBC’s famous cri de coeur in February of 2009, thus helping to launch the Tea Party revolution as we know it. And while the Tea Parties are the first exposure for many to what Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit.com likes to call “out of doors political activity,” their ultimate battlefield is inside the TV screen and inside the Web browser.

But of course, as General McChrystal’s blunder illustrates, the media isn’t just where wars are fought domestically, as we discuss in the latest edition of our Silicon Graffiti video blog, where we’ll explore:

And more!

Incidentally, since you’re watching this video at Hot Air, a big thanks to Ed and Allah for asking me to be part of the team sitting in during the Big A’s vacation this week. It’s great to have the chance to post a video where it all started — it really brings things full circle. The “Vent” videos which ran from about 2006 through 2008, featuring Hot Air’s “Boss Emeritus” and produced by the site’s early video producer, Bryan Preston, were my inspiration for launching the Silicon Graffiti video blog series at Ed Driscoll.com. Michelle and Bryan were definitely early adopters to the fusion of blogging and video, and I learned much from their pioneering work.

Or at least, I think I did! Decide for yourself by clicking here to scroll through 60 or so previous editions of Silicon Graffiti from January of 2008 to the present.

(Originally posted at Ed Driscoll.com)


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Step away from the keyboard, Ed.

Emperor Norton on July 6, 2010 at 12:17 PM

How about this instead:

The Media is how America fights its civil wars. In this war at least half the country is under-served and lied to, and the other half is painfully aware that this is the case.

paul1149 on July 6, 2010 at 12:33 PM

I suppose, but as long as its not real shooting and remains at the quaint level of character assassination the by the left and media we might as well come to grips with it as the natural political discourse of our wonderfully enlightened era.

rob verdi on July 6, 2010 at 12:36 PM

As Victor Davis Hanson wrote at National Review regarding the now disgraced General Stanley McChrystal, “If an officer cannot figure out Rolling Stone, how can he understand the Taliban?”

This assumes McChrystal didn’t know what he was doing. I’m still not convinced of that.

Daggett on July 6, 2010 at 12:41 PM

Ed – fantastic to see you here!

Good piece!

juanito on July 6, 2010 at 1:06 PM

juanito on July 6, 2010 at 1:06 PM

You say’n Ed’s got a good piece? Huh? I thought this was a political, thought-provoking blog. Sounds like porn to me.

jbh45 on July 6, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Great video. The right is just now learning the lessons that the leftists learned in Vietnam. Better late than never.

Mojave Mark on July 6, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Good piece Ed, but please do me a favor and loose the double breasted suit. (No comments Haers). It makes you look wayyy too wide. Get a nice dark single breasted jacket.

catlady on July 6, 2010 at 2:19 PM

“Step away from the keyboard, Ed.”

Thanks for the kind words! ;) Always happy to step away from the keyboard and get in front of the camera.

Ed Driscoll on July 6, 2010 at 4:28 PM

“Step away from the keyboard, Ed.”

Your post was a scatter-shot series of pull quotes and name-dropping–quite unfocused and disorganized. For a moment there, I thought I’d have to hire a private investigator to tell me what the main topic was.

Emperor Norton on July 6, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Emperor Norton,

Thank you for taking the time to comment.

Ed Driscoll on July 6, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Well done, Ed

listens2glenn on July 6, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Well, Ed, not counting my comments and your comments, there have been only 8 comments on this thread so far. I think that’s a fair indication of the quality of your post.

Emperor Norton on July 6, 2010 at 10:58 PM

Ed Driscoll on July 6, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Great rebuttal. I also enjoyed the video.

Emperor Norton on July 6, 2010 at 10:58 PM

I await with baited breath your outstanding post.

Rightwingguy on July 7, 2010 at 1:25 AM

Emperor Norton on July 6, 2010 at 10:58 PM

Let’s see that one was nine and this one is ten.

Rightwingguy on July 7, 2010 at 1:26 AM

“Well, Ed, not counting my comments and your comments, there have been only 8 comments on this thread so far. I think that’s a fair indication of the quality of your post.”

And several thousand views of the video. Thank you all who watched!

Ed Driscoll on July 7, 2010 at 2:59 AM