Tuesday, July 8, 2008
A Message to All the Blogs...
To the guys running Deadspin, Big Lead, Kissing Suzy Kolber, With Leather, Dave Lozo, and anyone else in the circle that feels compelled to shell each other publicly like it's junior high:
Okay, so is it official to say that the blogosphere has become everything I hated about mainstream sports media? Exclusive clubs where only a small number of guys hold all the cards and have routine pissing matches with other blogs they don’t like? Yeah, cause nothing makes me want to read KSK, With Leather, Deadspin, DaveLozo and The Big Lead more than wading through the invective pool.
I mean, look at the comments on Deadspin, for God’s sake: you have to audition to be considered for commenting privileges…! This isn’t a crappy FOX reality show, it’s just a sports blog. Granted, 89% of all sports blogs are inherently more funny than ‘The Best Damn Sports Show Period,’ but I digress…
If the editors of a blog want to blast commenters who step out of line after the fact, fine; it’s their prerogative.
When did the sports blogosphere become a mine field? Wasn’t this supposed to be about a bunch of guys and gals from across the globe just spouting their own opinions and linking to actual news stories along with the occasion picture of some half naked chick? I thought this was supposed to be like that episode of ‘The Simpsons’ where the townsfolk, fed up with the idea of Monty Burns owning all the media outlets and telling them everything from his point of view, decide they’re going to start publishing what they want.
Sure, it resulted in a saturation of new media, half of which was nonsensical anyway, but the point was people were going to start doing their own thing and get their info from anybody who could cater to their needs.
In this case, all I want to do is read about sports and laugh. And blast Jay Mariotti. And Skip Bayless. Simple, but effective.
Now quit turning this series of tubes into a giant pissing match and get back to making me laugh, dammit!
"See Lisa, instead of one big-shot controlling all the media, now there's a thousand freaks xeroxing their worthless opinions!"