This article about Perez Hilton's blog getting yanked by his host, because. of his penchant for posting copyrighted pics of celebs reminded me of this old post about some other pics he posted a while back (including one apparently poking fun at a non-famous teenage girl), and how his popularity signified a kind of "culture of meanness" we seem to crave. That his site was back up within hours suggests the cultural craving for cruelty is still far from sated. But the recent reader revolt over a rather mean post about Alexa Ray Joel — Billy Joel's daughter — inspires hope that his run may be over soon. Meanwhile, The Triumph of Meanness just landed on my to-read pile. Maybe it'll provide some insights.