The Culture of Narcissism

by Henry Farrell on April 3, 2007

Over at his “other digs”:, Scott responds to Ann Althouse’s YouTube video of herself watching American Idol, by Youtubing a video of himself watching Ann Althouse watching American Idol. Ladies and gentlemen; place your bets on how close we can get to infinite regress before it’s all over …

Update: “Tim Lambert and his dog respond”:

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marcel 04.03.07 at 3:48 pm

Can lurkers just youtube a video of Scott’s video on youtube?


Benquo 04.03.07 at 3:54 pm

I predict that it will reach infinite regress minus five.


CJColucci 04.03.07 at 4:10 pm

Holy shit! Scott looks like me.


tps12 04.03.07 at 4:40 pm

Eh, just watching her video and talking about what she was saying (“I guess there was a bald guy? I’m not sure who she means…”) would have been funnier. If he really needed to go all meta he could then do one of himself watching his own video (“I forget what that was about, oh right, I guess a bald guy…”).


Kelly 04.03.07 at 4:53 pm

I have the sudden urge to find a digital recording device of some kind, recording myself watching him watching her, and correcting his misassumptions about the invalidity of American Idol as an academic medium, and how the celebrity-appeal is actually related more to construction of desire and suspension of time than anything else.

(Forced bed rest, severe pneumonia, and fevers? Makes Lacan, Zizsek and American Idol seem like natural combinations!)


peter ramus 04.03.07 at 5:00 pm

Mise en abyme is the new black.


Barry 04.03.07 at 5:09 pm

“I predict that it will reach infinite regress minus five.”

Posted by Ben

Hah! I bid minus *four*.


Michael Bérubé 04.03.07 at 5:20 pm

I hope there will be a competition in which we can vote for the best Althouse-inspired American Idol meta-vlog. Then we can put up videos on YouTube in which we comment on the finalists!


derek 04.03.07 at 5:21 pm


"Q" the Enchanter 04.03.07 at 7:07 pm

Vlogging at the object level is bad enough.


Tom Hilton 04.03.07 at 9:11 pm

“Depth Takes a Holiday” is the ultimate title for any post about Althouse.


Lester Hunt 04.04.07 at 2:05 am

According to my watch, Ann’s Warholian fifteen minutes are about up.


John Protevi 04.04.07 at 3:32 pm

Is this the blog where you’re able to post snark using Ann Althouse’s name?


yabonn 04.04.07 at 3:34 pm

Ann should of course reply by vlogging on Mc LeMee’s. And vice versa.

Soon, one million LeMees and Althouses, waltzing the internets, on and on…


Henry 04.04.07 at 3:41 pm

Ann should of course reply by vlogging on Mc LeMee’s. And vice versa.

Soon, one million LeMees and Althouses, waltzing the internets, on and on…

no – what we really need to close the loop are the folks from American Idol to start vlogging about Scott …


JP Stormcrow 04.04.07 at 3:51 pm

Or we could just cut out all of the middlemen and go right to here. (I know, no video … but just use your imagination.)


Tim Lambert 04.04.07 at 4:50 pm


Scott McLemee 04.04.07 at 5:43 pm

I have to respect that dog’s good judgment.


Russell Arben Fox 04.05.07 at 3:19 am

I just showed Tim Lambert’s dog watching Scott watching Althouse to my three-year-old daughter, who said she can’t sleep and has been puttering around for a half-hour, way past her bedtime. So I brought her up on my lap, played the video, and asked her what she thought. “I’m tired,” she said. And off to bed she went.

There’s magic, insomnia-killing magic, in vlogging.


lemuel pitkin 04.05.07 at 9:42 pm

Holy shit! Scott looks like me.

We pretty much all look like that, cj.


Kern 04.06.07 at 12:12 am

This kind of vlogging is a stupid waste of time. Grow up, people.


The Constructivist 04.07.07 at 4:49 am

yes, I’ll get right back to important things, like LPGA blogging (throwing the guys a bone this week) and poop jokes. thank you, kerm for showing me the light!


The Constructivist 04.07.07 at 4:49 am

wait, that wasn’t kermit the frog? damn!

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