Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Blogosphere needs more hate
The blogosphere needs more hate.
I mean that with all my seething, sweltering heart.
As more and more conservative business losers, pampered wanker sissy boys, and loony tunes fanatics invade the blogosphere, I think we're seeing a general dumbing down and crybabifying effect.
Seth Godin warned that as the drivel blogs accumulate, the overall value of the blogosphere plummets accordingly. He's right about that, you know.
My good friend Dave Taylor has been keystroking some powerful and valuable posts lately. Sometimes I agree with him, sometimes I don't. But he does provoke thought.
Recently he's even been on a I Hate Podcasts binge, which I admire. (See August 2005 posts at his blog.) Podcasts of lectures and interviews are much too long-winded, including my own.
Now I just stumbled upon this delightful cautionary post:
"Business Blogging Tip: It's a Jungle Out There"
Dave tries to prepare business leaders for the occasional flame comment.
But see, I like it when a comment flames me, especially if I really did do or say something that needs a harsh criticism.
Constant praise makes us self-indulgent, careless, full of grandiose delusions. But criticism, complaints, attacks make us tougher, smarter, more precise.
I visit some personal blogs for a change of pace, and I read some amazing comments. One type of comment I encounter a lot is: "Thanks for taking a stand against that. Most bloggers have no guts and avoid confrontation. I'm glad you spoke up and voiced a legitimate critique."
Blog readers seem surprised to read a post that really expresses a hostile opinion about something that is truly evil, selfish, or stupid. Of course, my readers are blessed with a steady diet of no-nonsense, no holds barred, bold and blunt dealing with a variety of issues.
Let's see what Dave Taylor says on this subject of harsh comments at business blogs, then I'll give you my pointed response.
[QUOTE by Dave Taylor, August 18, 2005]
One of the things about business blogging that has a tendency to surprise corporate people who are used to a world of control, of polite and professional interaction, of carefully managed interaction, executive "handlers", and planned messaging: bloggers can be a pretty merciless bunch.
Ask anyone who has been involved in the blogosphere for any length of time and you'll hear stories about a few words taken out of context, a single sentence out of a 650 word essay that is misinterpreted and then takes on a life of its own.
Not that this sort of thing doesn't happen with corporate communications anyway, but once your words are online, easily quoted and efficiently disseminated, they're also quite easily misquoted.
If you're getting ready to start blogging, make sure you're also ready to have people say bad things about you outside of your sphere of influence.
This facet of business blogging isn't always apparent because most of the business blog community itself has a good professional ethic and while they'll disagree with corporate positions, they tend not to take potshots at the bloggers.
But cast your net more widely and you'll find that the bloggers outside the mainstream or the bloggers that don't consider themselves "business" bloggers are happy to take potshots, often in your own comment stream, but just as often on their own weblogs where the best you can do is add your own comment in response to what they say or, perhaps, to just ignore it.
However it happens, and whatever response you decide to utilize, do recognize that the more your company becomes visible online, the more you'll find that you're written about -- for better and worse -- online too.
And my advice? Roll with it. Focus on the positive. Write good content and stay on message, on your message.
[END QUOTE by Dave Taylor]
[Vaspers the Grate responds vasperishly...]
Here's the comment I posted in response to my buddy Dave's post.
I encourage pot shots, directed at myself, and at everyone else.
Not comment spam, trolling, baiting, or abuse, but real live livid vivid COMPLAINTS and Criticism is desperately needed.
The rough and tumble world of the blogosphere is not for pampered sissies who played sports where no score is taken so there are no losers.
Companies need to hear the complaints of consumers. When the corporate losers outsource customer service, we shall insource bitching.
We are the battle scarred insourcers, hating every bone in their rotten bodies, the corporate scum.
We hate, hate, hate, and love every stinking minute of it.
March on harsh commenters. I beat the martial drum for you.
My point, and I hope everyone catches it accurately, is NOT that hate in itself is "good".
My point is: the MSM (mainstream media), governments, religions, and corporations have told us to shut up and passively listen for too long.
We're sick of pulpit pounding with no Q & A, seminars with no interaction, professors lecturing ad nauseum as we race to scratch notes, and advertising that forces idiotic commercials on us everywhere we go.
Now the dummies who are naive enough to start a blog are going to hear from us.
"Blog, busineses, blog" we coax.
"Blog, CEOs, blog" we tempt.
"Blog, pastor, blog" we taunt.
"Blog, professor, blog" we chant.
"Blog, politician, blog" we sing.
They have no idea what we're REALLY after.
We encourage them to start blogging, not for their benefit, not as another advertising medium, but for our benefit, so we can bitch and gripe and yell at them.
[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate
Posted by steven edward streight at 8/24/2005 09:14:00 PM