The always-sage AJ Kandy of West Of The Expressway ("a breakdancing work of staggering keenness") offered gossiphounds a bit of what-for about distracting us from actual global priorities:
"So while we we all distracted with the Britney Spears wedding nonsense, oil hit $50 a barrel yesterday.
I really think it is a strategy -- using corporate media ownership to push non-issues into the public mind (Laci frickin Petersen 24/7, like no one else in the history of time has ever been murdered) while the big, systemic changes that favour corporations and fat cats go unnoticed.
I mean, no-one questions giant newspaper sections all about cars (like today's Driving section, which thankfully at least is a story about hybrids). There's no equal time given to the other side of the argument, i.e. that if we designed cities better we wouldn't need cars at all, and inner city kids wouldn't be suffering from an asthma epidemic...
Maybe we should have a moratorium on pop culture for a couple of years, see if we can, as a species, get something done. "
Optimuscrime couldn't help but feel a little bit complicit. Afterall, there's a special little place in the hearts of the ICRM personnel for the professionally unemployed shoelace-boycotter Kev-Fed. But are our posts causing doe-eyed inner-city children to suffer from asthma? Moral dilemma!
Well, to ensure that Kev-Fed is not trumping oil prices in the blogosphere, I turned to Technorati, the ultimate blog buzzwatching tool. The results? 81 recent posts about 'oil prices'; 70 posts about Kevs. So, Mr. Skeezoid-Spears, 86% as salient as oil prices? Unfortunately, I simply can't justify throwing the balance of blogging further towards Kevin.
So, today I will not report that Kev-Fed had to take out a loan to buy Brit-Brit's ring, nor will I comment on the hilarity of either Federline or Spears maintaining the delusion that they are somehow a financial partnership of equals. I will also not even link to Kev-Fed's trucker-hat photo on Stereogum.
No, instead, today, I will simply direct you to an article by my former student, Chris DeWolf. Chris can think and write circles around me, and he's pretty damned handy with a camera, too. On Maisonneuve's page, he provides a nice synopsis of Montreal's car-free day:
"Cars have a role to play in our cities, but not at the expense of more sustainable modes of transportation like public transit. We've spent half a century dismantling streetcars, widening roads and underfunding transit. It's time to reverse the trend. Let's tax those parking lots, hike up gas prices and invest in sustainable development. Our cities can't afford anything else."
PS: I tried really hard, but I couldn't resist. Just look at this goddamn thing.