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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

'Pajamas Media' Network for Elitist Bloggers only:

Hi, I'm Glenn Reynolds #1 Kahuna @ Pajamas Media. Any likeness to Bill Gates is purely coincidental The innocence of its name belies the true nature of this new virtual organism.

Meaning? PJs is a powerplay by a handful of elitist bloggers to carve out a new media empire for their personal (and financial) gratification.

"Pajamas Media, a new blogging venture designed to bring together top online writers, journalists and commentators under a single umbrella, today unveiled its editorial board as it prepares for its formal debut next month.

The announcement comes as Pajamas Media further realizes its vision of coalescing the internet's brightest minds and most compelling content into a single source that will, in turn, complement and re-define journalism in the 21st century."

So there you have it folks. The brightest stars in the virtual firmament who are going to "re-define journalism in the 21st century".

Can you believe the hype? The kahunas! A bunch of pompous self-serving goofballs if there ever was.

And speaking of balls, here I thought re-defining journalism is what the blogosphere is all about, even without the help of PJs et al. Silly me.

They are touting Glenn Reynolds as one of their greatest acquisitions. I must confess that I am all the more enlightened from his inspired and in depth analysis. Spewing his best Spock impersonations such as "indeed" and "indeed", or one of my personal favorites... "indeed".

Do you think perhaps they might (hopefully) consider (God willing) allowing us insignificant pee-ons add our (albeit smallish) comments to their omnipoobah flatulation? Well try this one on for size:

"Golly gee Instapundit, you sure are great. I was really hoping that if you might possibly consider linking to me some time. Pretty please, and I promise to forever be your grovelling fan... pant, pant, drool."

Or will it be the same old droning monologue we're all accustomed to - the sermon from the mount a la Instapun style.

Hell, if we wanted sermons we can always watch Anderson Cooper 360 report to the CNN situation room. So much for a blogging community folks.

Guys, you've got it all mixed up. If you want a one-sided conversation find a soap box and run for public office. Or better still make an application to CNN.

If you want to write a book then write the stinkin' book. If you want to build an exclusive empire so you can call the shots, give Bill Gates a call. But if you want to blog, join the community.

BUT damn it choose, because they're different. Got it? (Are you listening Glenn)?

Can somebody please explain to me how all this nonsense benefits the blogosphere? Oh yeah right, I forgot - it doesn't.

It sounds more like Al Gore's reinvention of the internet than anything else. So let's be clear boys and girls - it is the technology and all of our collective efforts that has re-defined journalism. Not just a few arrogant twits.

Not since the invention of the printing press has so much been given to the common folk. It is its inclusive, collaborative nature and community spirit that gives blogging its influential power.

HELLO! Are you listening? The blogosphere is not the exclusive playground of an old-boys network trying to elevate itself above the rest of us mere mortals.

That is bass-ackwards thinking, destructive and the last thing we need. Another media empire of self-important opportunists believing in their own press, shovelling verbal poop down our collective throats.

Think about it. Did we take down Dan Rather just to create a job opening for Reynolds? I don't think so. Personally I'd rather have Dan back (no pun intended). And for that matter I hear he's looking for work. Any takers?

It's the same old story. If it becomes popular the politicians have to control it, and the capitalists want to exploit it.

Not that I object to making money from blogging. God knows I could use the extra coin. But it is their elitist business model and its ominous implications that I find offensive.

It's called good old fashioned exploitation. The great American way. Look out Weblogs here we come.

Mark my words. The blogosphere is on the fast track to being hijacked by the control freaks and big business interests.

More restrictive laws and government intervention. Acquisitions and mergers, IPO offerings, get-rich-quick dot-com scam artists, media moguls, ABC, MSNBC, FOX, Pajamas party, whatever.

Sounding all too familiar? PJs is a cash grab. Plain and simple. And for whose benefit? The way it reads right now PJs will benefit only a few elitists, that's who.

Perhaps it got lost in the translation, but until they can find a more inclusive model the blogosphere needs this shite like a hole in the head.

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12 Comments: 'It's your turn to toss the ball'...

At 4:41 PM, Anonymous hatespam said...

Boy are you ever right. The bloody nerve. After getting the attention of CNN they started believing their own press. Give me a break.

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At 3:18 PM, Blogger Dirty Dan said...

I'm not mad at Al Gore, I really don't think most people are mad at him anymore. The problem is that he is mad at everyone else.

In a March 1999 interview with Wolf Blitzer, Gore said, "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet." While this statement is vague and ambiguous it can not directly be concluded that Al Gore ever actually said he invented the Internet. During the 2000 election the George Bush campaign team concocted a scenario in which Gore claims that he invented the Internet. Funny? Yes. True? Maybe.

With the creation of the Internet behind him Gore is moving on to bigger and better things, namely Current TV. Watch out Rupert Murdoch and Ted Turner, here comes Al Gore and he is looking to add media mogul to his résumé.

Here is what Gore said in an April press conference about his new channel, "We have no intention of being a Democratic channel, a liberal channel... That's not what we're all about. We are about empowering this generation of young people in the 18-to-34 population to engage in a dialogue of democracy and to tell their stories of what's going on in their lives, in the dominent medium of our time." Conservative groups across the nation are already predicting a flop.

Conventional television is a dying medium, hopefully Gore and his team of media experts, if they exist, have a few tricks up their sleeves.

...written a few months ago.
anyway, people that can't spell have their own blog. Many of the worst blogs are the funniest.

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At 2:20 PM, Anonymous PF said...

Thanks Dirty Dan (or should I say Macgyver). See you at a re-run nearest you. :)

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At 5:35 PM, Anonymous Nelson Muntz said...

Ha Ha!

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At 6:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man you really needs' to work on your' possessives'.

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At 12:26 AM, Blogger AnechoicRoom said...

Man you're good. I could make note of a few points I disagree with, well ..... more than a few actually :-)

But there is no point in that. None. As the reason for my comment is to compliment, and say I enjoyed the read. The read of someone I disagree with.

That's the power of the blogosphere. No selling ideas, no promoting them. Sharing them. Why sometimes it is even fun. Imagine that.

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At 1:27 AM, Anonymous thefisk said...

Thanks FookBlogger. I appreciate the compliment and I'm glad that you enjoyed the read (despite the fact that you may disagree ;-).

Incidentally, you made my point. The blogosphere is supposed to be inclusive... "That's the power of the blogosphere. No selling ideas, no promoting them. Sharing them."

Not the playground of a few entrepreneurial omnipotent poobahs.

Cheers!

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At 9:48 AM, Blogger AnechoicRoom said...

Actually, I don't know that I was disagreeing with the spirit or theme of your post. Which, after a little sleep, has even more glimmer. So, I guess I wasn't being clear. Really I only have tiny petty disagreements.

About ..... Albert Gore Jr.. Though I voted for him in '00, these days, everything about him makes me laugh (and no, I didn't come round to knock the paint job on your ride). Especially anything with the words internet, and Gore in the same sentence. I'm sorry, in fact I'm laughing now :-)

About ..... 'Shoveling doodie'? Could be construed as an editorial comment on right blogs. Rather than a general one about the behind the scenes machinizations at PajMed.

About .....Dan Rather? Call me an ageist ..... but I'd rather he stay out in the pasture.

Lastly, not defending CJ, no .... just without actually being in his mind, it is possible that there were other motives. Other than only remuneration, fame, glory, bright lights, bodacious tata's (and sniffing booger sugar off same).

Anyway, getting back to the egg .... in America, in a time of war. In a time of disagreement about that war. I see no reason why people who differ, can't share a hearty laugh.

Goodonya.

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At 9:50 AM, Blogger AnechoicRoom said...

Actually, I don't know that I was disagreeing with the spirit or theme of your post. Which, after a little sleep, has even more glimmer.

So, I guess I wasn't being clear. Really I only disagree a touch about Albert Gore Jr.. Though I voted for him in '00, these days everything about him makes me laugh (and no, I didn't come round to knock the paint job on your ride).

'Shoveling doodie'? Well mighten that be editorial? Without having done much exploration here at PF, superficially it seemed to me we don't sit on the same side of the fence (I could be wrong, obviously will visit some more). So, I'm suggesting it might be a comment about the direction of content, rather than it's quality.

Dan Rather? Call me an ageist ..... but I'd rather he stay out in the pasture.

Lastly, not defending CJ, no .... just without actually being in his mind, it is possible that there were other motives. Other than only remuneration, fame, glory, bright lights, bodacious tata's (and sniffing white boogers off same).

Anyway, getting back to the egg .... in America, in a time of war. In a time of disagreement about that war. I see no reason people who differ can't share a hearty laugh.

Goodonya.

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At 1:09 PM, Anonymous thefisk said...

"I see no reason people who differ can't share a hearty laugh."

Couldn't have said it better myself. Cheers and thanks to all for your comments.

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At 7:46 PM, Anonymous spencer said...

"Kahnunas?"

I think you mean "cojones."

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At 12:41 PM, Anonymous sam said...

If the truth be known it's spelled "bollocks".

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