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Blawg Review Goes Above the Law

What's next? Will Page Six take over Washington Week? So I wondered when I saw that the "legal tabloid" blog Above the Law had taken on responsibility for this week's Blawg Review. It was to be an installment of Blawg Review, promised Above the Law editor Elie Mystal, that would "make hamburger of the legal profession's sacred cows." And it would come hot on the tail of GeekLawyer's controversial and NSFW Blawg Review #203, replete as it was with Victorian pornography and tales of raucous drunkenness.

As it turned out, the sacred cows could also be called the usual suspects. The Above the Law edition of Blawg Review lassos AIG, Congress, the citizens of the United States, and the lawyers of the United States. But a good chunk of this Blawg Review #204 is given over to a defense of Blawg Review #203, which had prompted blawger Diane Levin to propose a no-asshole rule for future Blawg Reviews. The range of reactions to GeekLawyer's blog bacchanalia led Mystal to ask, What is the point of legal blogging anyway?

Are people creating business? Are we advancing the public's understanding of important legal issues? Are we journalists or writers or are most of us engaged in vanity projects?

Everybody's answer to these questions is going to be different, but it seems to me that the one constant should be: are you having fun? Because I am, and I think most of the bloggers I've had the pleasure of meeting or corresponding with are having fun too. And if Geeklawyer didn't have fun writing that last week, well then dear God somebody needs to get that man a Valium and a hooker before he kills somebody.

Of course, Levin's objection was not to anyone having fun. In fact, she later explained in a comment to her post, her proposal for a no-asshole rule was made with her tongue planted firmly in her cheek. As for myself, I will fully endorse Mystal's idea that, if nothing else, we should be having fun in what we do.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on March 23, 2009 at 12:54 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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