A typical day for Saskatchewan-based Catherine McMillan most likely consists of flipping through online media, finding articles that reinforce her Saskatchewan-based worldview, and then posting these on her website, SmallDeadAnimals.com. (And if chosen articles don’t reinforce her opinions, which are by no means moderate, they become the subject of ridicule.)
But on Thursday, she didn’t have to search very far to find a favourable item to post: she’s penned an opinion piece for the National Post, featuring most, if not all, of those worldviews. Aside from a letter to the editor, it is, presumably, her first dip into Canadian media pool.
This would seem a logical step forward: an articulate and wildly popular blogger graduates to newspaper writing. But for McMillan, who mythologizes herself as the antitheses of mainstream media, it’s more of a step backwards. She started SmallDeadAnimals, after all, to scold the press – often the National Post - for not including her views in its reporting. “You don’t speak for me,” she apparently yells at her radio.
The piece itself, admittedly well-written and humorous, much like her site, is ostensibly modeled after Jonathan Swift’s satirical A Modest Proposal. And, similar to Swift’s piece, it will rile more than a few readers’ sensibilities, especially the section describing Africa as a "continent-wide parade of dysfunction."
More interesting than the angry letters McMillan will inevitably receive (and is anxiously awaiting), though, is the unique conflict-of-interest she’s now entered herself into. Having joined the ranks of her sworn enemy, will she begin yelling at herself?