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October 8, 2007

Blogging for Condi

Dipnote, the new blog for the U.S. Department of State, has been criticized by bloggers, including Foreign Policy, for containing posts that read like they're written by a State Department spokesperson (because, of course, they are). It's also been mocked for its admittedly wonky, vaguely vulgar-sounding name, which makes us think of…a nice, curvy, b-flat covered in fondue. Maybe. But because we like the idea of the vast, opaque State Department communicating directly with the masses, we've come up with some ideas for a reader-friendly name change:

StateLog: not very sexy, but to the point, and it won't make anyone think of lubricant.

The Foggy Bottom Files: still sounds kind of pornographic, but it does have alliteration.

Condiland: Like Candyland, only far more treacherous!

The Hegemon: "Hegemon" is a cool word. And there's nothing wrong with hegemonic stability theory.

The State 2.0: This might, for a moment, make people believe you are connected to MTV's early-90s sketch comedy show The State.

Soft Power, Hard Rock: Joseph-Nye-cum-Rob-Zombie-goodness.

Got any other suggestions for rebranding the Dipnote? Let us know in the comments, and we'll pass them on the next time we see Secretary Rice.

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