May 15, 2005

Signing Off

Well, folks, that's it for me. Greg Djerejian will be resuming solo blogging shortly, and may have other plans for the BD site that he will disclose in due course. I want to thank Greg for thinking of me to guest-blog while he attended to the many demands of his non-blogging life, and thank as well BD's readers for their attention and indulgence. I hope I haven't made too many of them question Greg's judgment or sanity in turning his blog and the dedicated and discerning audience he has built over to me for the last few weeks.

I want to leave by directing those interested to a purely local item, an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution today by a University of Georgia professor named James C. Cobb about the latest effort by Atlanta to define itself. Cobb writes perceptively though rather cynically about "...the longstanding association between Atlanta's identity and the pursuit of somebody else's money," but the best part of the piece comes at the end, as AJC readers offer their own ideas for a "Brand Atlanta" slogan. Choice samples include:

* "Atlanta: mountains to the north, mullets to the south."

* "The city too busy to shut the hell up in the movie theater."

* "Atlanta: Not too bad north of I-20, east of I-75 and south of the top-end Perimeter." (If you don't listen to radio traffic reports this one will make no sense)

* "Atlanta: where slogans are needed to divert attention from reality."

To me, it's not Wisconsin, but it's not that bad.

Posted by at May 15, 2005 03:59 PM | TrackBack (15)

Well I, for one, thought Greg got much better guest-blogging than Drezner got (and that's not taking away anything from Nossel and Greenberg).

Posted by: fling93 at May 15, 2005 07:02 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Thanks Joe - your perspectives were enjoyable!

Posted by: Tom Goldspink at May 15, 2005 10:58 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Good work, Joe, and hope you decide to find a new permanent home in the blogosphere foreign policy community, you add much to the debate.
And I really hope Greg is announcing that he is recommitting to the blog, not abandoning it, or we will have to organize a blog intervention.
Cheers, Laura

Posted by: Laura at May 15, 2005 11:26 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

I was at this blog earlier today - at your past entry on Mr. Drezner's contention that most foreign policy realists opposed the Iraq war (I've been under the impression that they did - the philosophy behind the war is rooted in a Wilsonian idealism - not in realism). I doubt that today is the first time that I've been to this fine weblog; it's been around for awhile, and from what I can see here, it's rather famous and widely-respected. I don't know if this is the first time I've commented here... If it is, then that would be unusual, since I've commented at so many of the major (and many lesser-known) weblogs during the past couple of years.

I am assuming that Mr. Djerejian is a conservative or neoconservative blogger... But then, seeing that he is writing from England (is he from there, or is he originally from the U.S.?), perhaps he is neoliberal or liberal internationalist - in the Blogosphere, as well as elsewhere, some of the major supporters of the Iraq war have been from the Left.

I wish that I had more time these days to spend blogging, and in the Blogosphere... I think that Mr. Djerejian's writings would have been thought-provoking and educational - for students of political science and history, and for many others... in the U.S. and elsewhere. How long has Mr. Britt been guest-blogging at this site? Is his geopolitical philosophy different from that of Mr. Djereijian's? Anyway, the Belgravia Dispatch looks like a great site, and your work here seems quite prolific, and rather in-depth and well-known. I hope to be reading and participating at this site more in the future. Keep up the good work!

Posted by: Aakash at May 16, 2005 03:12 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Regarding slogans for Atlanta ... having gone to college there many many years ago ... it's apparent to me that, about 20 years ago, Atlanta set out to become the next Los Angeles, without fully understanding all that would result. And Atlanta has accomplished that goal, for better or worse.

So my Atlanta slogan would be ...

Just like L.A., but without the beaches. Or the earthquakes. Or the museums or the culture. But otherwise, just like it.

Posted by: retrofuturistic at May 16, 2005 05:36 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Joe, I just want to commend you for having done a terrific job in your time at BD. I wish Greg would make BD a team blog and let you stay on. I've really looked forward to your posts each day.

In any event, I hope you'll start your own blog.

Posted by: RT at May 16, 2005 07:07 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Thanks, Joseph, you did sterling service as a guest blogger.
I enjoyed your perspective and your commentary. Way to go, and in case you start your own blog, rest assured I'll be one of your readers.

Posted by: David at May 16, 2005 12:07 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Enjoyed your for Atlanta (my 20 yr home town)...

"Atlanta, the Old South without the old or the South"

Posted by: Appalled Moderate at May 16, 2005 02:00 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Thanks Jospeh for your insightful commentary - it has been much appreciated. I've particlularly enjoyed the Co-blogging of late - I look forward to seeing more of your writing in the future!

Posted by: Aran Brown at May 16, 2005 10:31 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Great job, JEB! Please make sure you let us know somehow where you next take up residence!

Posted by: Bruce at May 16, 2005 10:41 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Nicely Done, Z-man. Be watching for you.

Posted by: Tommy G at May 17, 2005 12:44 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Great job. You vindicated Greg's choice, and I second the notion that you clue us all in if you establish a permanent 'sphere abode.

Posted by: Eric Martin at May 17, 2005 01:22 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Many thanks to everyone for their very generous comments. It is humbling to have so many complete strangers willing to perjure themselves on one's behalf.

A blog of my own will have to await developments in my offline life. I'm not able to predict these at this time. But the thing is possible, though I will say that my expectation of needing much more time for research, editing and so forth to blog as opposed to commenting on other people's writing was fully borne out over the last few weeks. In any event if a Brittblog does come to pass it won't be kept a secret.

Posted by: JEB at May 17, 2005 04:09 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

JEB: A blog of my own will have to await developments in my offline life. ...I will say that my expectation of needing much more time for research, editing and so forth to blog as opposed to commenting on other people's writing was fully borne out over the last few weeks.

You do realize that you don't have to blog almost every day like Greg or Drez do, right? Blog once a week if you have to, like Becker and Posner. Or once every couple of weeks, even. But if anybody ought to have their own blog, it's you.

Ooh, and put lotsa fishies on it!

(well hey, you know what they say about giving away free ice cream)

Posted by: fling93 at May 17, 2005 04:27 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

I was born and raised in Atlanta but chose to move away when the last pockets of small town charm and neighborhood identity became too difficult to find. We found a small pocket in Vinnings and staked out a nice 5 acre claim - but watched as it fell under the tsunami of progress and development. Our little slice of heaven was soon surrounded by thick clusters of homes and apartments, people that were too busy to say "hi", and traffic that made us look at the clock before going to the grocery store. (1958-1997)

Now, we live in SouthWest Florida. It is what Atlanta used to be. Low crime, low traffic, neighbors who care about each other, soccer saturdays, high school football, and leisurely Sundays at the beach. But it seems that history is repeating itself as our little sunshine burg is growing explosively.

Atlanta - "It was a great place to raise kids"

(operative word = was)

Posted by: moron99 at May 17, 2005 01:28 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink


Although I took issue with some of the things you wrote during your guest stint at The Belgravia Dispatch, I still enjoyed reading your commentary. I hope you keep contributing.

Posted by: Munir Umrani at May 18, 2005 02:38 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Taking issue is part of the fun, MU. By the way, I admire your work at DTR as well.

Posted by: JEB at May 18, 2005 04:15 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink
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