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October 28th, 2006

This morning, I began to read my RSS feeds with Google Reader, where I was invited to “manage my subscriptions.”

Good idea! Time to cull some stuff I was reading out of a sense of duty:

  • Joi Ito’s Web today features a photo of him (in a suit and tie) next to ICANN head functionary Paul Twomey (in a suit and tie) meeting the Bulgarian minister of something or other (in a suit and tie). Followed by the official Bulgarian press release, another reminder that Joi is on the ICANN Board, and a link to a Google Earth rendering of Joi’s hotel.
    – Will someone please just drive a stake through my heart?
     
  • Jack of All Blogs used to be fun when he slagged off everyone, even though I didn’t get half of the inside jokes. Now he’s recycling shopworn articles about whether to publish full or excerpted RSS feeds — see here and here and here and here and even here, where (in August 2005!) it’s called the “age-old debate”.
    – Feeds, site, excerpts or full — dull. Next!
     
  • The .MOBI blog was great while it lasted. I’m a domain name junkie, so I’ll read just about anything to do with domains, no matter how badly written or designed. But Alexa Raad, Pinkie Brand and other blog authors, after a good start, seem to have given up the ghost.
    – Nothing since October 12. Dormant. Dead.
     
  • Was there ever a reason to read Steve Rubel’s Micropersuasion? Yes, before I had an RSS reader and could aggregate ad-industry gossip myself. When he’s not writing posts that begin with “I am often asked…” or “Where to find me…“, Rubel talks about how his agency Edelman is “totally committed to transparency” in response to getting caught at yet another fake blog campaign.
    – I’m tired of feeling dirty

Are you reading any blogs that you hate just because you think you’re supposed to?

Update:The .MOBI blog has come back to life with a post by Pinky Brand.

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6 Comments

  1. Sorry you feel that way. How can I win you back?

    Steve Rubel | October 28th, 2006 at 12:37 pm

  2. Hi, Steve, thanks for the comment. I’ll try answer your question.

    I read today that the guy who put together that shitty racist ad for Bob Corker in the Tennessee senatorial campaign was a Wal-Mart executive (but they fired him). Wal-Mart gives big bucks to right-wing candidates (which they have every right to do). Wal-Mart has done a lot to change the fabric of the social and commercial life in this country (not all of it bad). Wal-Mart has been under consistent attack for years for its labor practices, among other things (but they do provide jobs). Your company works for Wal-Mart producing splogs and for all I know other stuff as well.

    You could win me back by writing, on a human level, about how you deal with that kind of dissonance. Do you agree with what your client does? If not, do you have parameters or limits on what you’ll do for them? I’ve been reading your blog for over a year, and I’ve always felt you wrote it with armor on — intelligent, of course, but also a little glib and cursory, and rarely straying outside the lines of your profession.

    I think that all merits discussion, because you are, as they say, an influencer. I’d like to see you write as a person who cares (one way or the other) in this time of trial for our country. I’d like to understand how you as a person engage with your job and your clients, and how you make sense of it all, ethically and politically.

    That would win me back.

    Antony | October 28th, 2006 at 1:16 pm

  3. Antony, I am not going to comment on my personal feelings on what our clients do. Sorry.

    Steve Rubel | October 28th, 2006 at 1:35 pm

  4. In that case I might hire you, but I can’t take what you write all that seriously. In effect your blog is part of your job, and that’s fine, but you necessarily speak as an employee. I’m afraid that I am not won back.

    Antony | October 28th, 2006 at 1:42 pm

  5. >>Was there ever a reason to read Steve Rubel’s Micropersuasion?

    Thanks for this. Steve has so much more to offer, but just doesn’t. And he sets a bad example for new bloggers who think they can simply post stale links in 2006 and make it big.

    Brian Clark | October 28th, 2006 at 9:38 pm

  6. [...] I really enjoy helping people like Marion get started blogging, because she actually has something to say. How different from the drones who just post up links to other blogs they happen to have read! On the other side, I know some academics (you know who you are) who are absolutely scintillating in conversation yet turn out dry-as-dust papers that not even their mothers could love, and refuse very opportunity to engage with the unwashed masses. I’ve always attributed their reticence to a combination of fear (they’re not used to communicating that way), snobbery (it’s not real thought unless it appears in a peer-reviewed journal), and just an inability to understand how it’s done. It’s been great working with Marion because she’s not coy about it at all; she wants to get going. [...]

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