QUIZ: WHO'S GOT THE STRONGEST CRACK?
Suck or Katz? You Make the Call!
[Note: Jon Katz is a well-known cybercolumnist. We like to pretend
he smokes a little rock
on a regular basis. But he doesn't at all!]
1. Jon Katz: "People are trained to think they have to attack me
in order to get my attention or disagree with me. They don't."
What's the fastest way to get Katz's attention?
a) Explain to him that the "media" should consist of a one-way
flow of information from elite urban writers and their superior
grasp of the world to the ill-informed, dim-witted masses.
b) Insult Tupac Shakur.
c) Attack him, and his mother, and sign as "cypherpunk."
d) Write some aimless quiz
about whether or not he's on crack.
2. "They are trained to assume I will defend every position to the
death, when that's not the case."
The main point of this statement is that:
a) Those who criticize Katz are "trained" to do so.
b) Katz is open-minded enough to rethink most of his opinions.
c) Katz is squirrelly enough to restate most of his opinions.
d) Only crack is worth defending to the death.
3. "They assume I quiver when nasty flamers or some cute Web site
like Suck goes after me. I don't."
Katz wants to show us that:
a) The staff of Suck is a highly attractive group of individuals.
b) Flamers are nasty.
c) Katz is no wuss, nosiree.
d) Users of crack often have feelings of invincibility.
4. "I get criticized all the time, and much more soberly and
knowledgeably, from people who actually know things. Try writing
about race and getting e-mail from sociologists who have been
writing books about it for years. That's scary."
This quote raises the question:
a) How often is "all the time"?
b) Does Katz include himself among those who "know things"?
c) Should sociologists be the only ones allowed to write about race?
d) How could Katz possibly know what sobriety looks like?
5. "No successful media has ever made it on attitude (Spy comes to
mind). You can cause a stir for awhile, but sooner or later you
actually have to deliver a service. Suck is riding too much on its
use as a handy vehicle for mainstream journalists to cite when
they are trying to appear hip and Web-wise."
This phrase indicates that:
a) Suck contributes to the common good by aiding mainstream posers.
b) Sucking is not a valuable service.
c) Katz is not a mainstream journalist, because he can see through Suck's guise,
plus, he delivers his content on the World Wide Web, the
graphical, multimedia portion of the Internet.
d) Katz contributes to the common good by providing a positive role model for crack
6. "I think the Web will be increasingly judged - and very
harshly - by consumers who want concrete things. Suck, I suspect,
will evolve into something we actually need. Or not."
This makes me:
a) Scared! Suck better not "evolve" into anything - I love it just
the way it is!
b) Angry! How dare he imply that Suck isn't something we actually need? Blasphemy!
c) Excited. I need Suck right now!
d) All of the above.
1. d, 2. d, 3. d,
4. d, 5. d, 6. d