Monday, June 25, 2007

mammonistic monetization mania

The Digg mutiny and now the FM Publishing - ValleyWag PR disaster are indicating a serious Web 2.0 Meltdown. I love it. I love the fact that the attention is focused on ethics, advertorial vs. editorial, journalistic integrity, and mammonistic monetization mania.

Mammonistic Monetization Mania, what is it?

When your emphasis is on "how can we make a fast, easy buck?" instead of "how can we provide value and convenience for our customers?"

When you see web users as dim-witted sitting ducks, eager to recklessly fling away their not so hard-earned cash. The dummies might as well send their money to you, right? Clutter your web site or blog with all kinds of intrusive ads! Go for it!

What a lousy attitude.

And when the ads begin to seem like editorial, it looks like you're trying to take advantage of the #1 Web User Reality: web users are impatient, skimming for relevant content, distracted, multi-tasking, and in a big hurry.

Blurring the boundaries between advertising and editorial, or between genuine product user remarks and PayPerPost spam commenting, is Marketing Suicide.

Our glorious, triumphalistic, Self-policing Blogosphere is not to be mocked or messed with.

We all are learning, making mistakes, looking like idiots and losers, now and then. We must not rush to condemn, but must try to learn from each other, and help each other with honest, bold critique and advice.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

murder trick

Last night I heard the most gruesome thing I'd ever heard. It was a show on a serial killer with no conscience. He wakes up every morning, hungry to kill another victim. Someone who enjoys slaughtering children is not a human. That thing is less than an animal. He's a monster.

Here's what made my skin crawl, psychologically.

A victim who miraculously survived the attack said:

"I was new in town, my family just moved in. I was 8 years old. As I was walking through a field, exploring the neighborhood, an older kid rushed up to me out of nowhere.

He approached me and declared with great concern, "Hey, don't you know there are people around here who like to kill little boys like you?"

I was stunned. How do you reply to a bizarre statement like that? Before I could process what he just said, another abrupt event occurred. I didn't see anybody, but my friend claimed there was someone coming toward us. It was a lie.

"Look out! Here comes one now! Get down. Get down, so he won't see us!" my strange companion exclaimed as he pushed me down, to join him in the grass, on our stomachs.

After a few seconds, I said, "I don't see anybody", and started to roll over to face my comrade, but it was too late. I could feel the long sharp blade dig into my liver.

"Why did you kill me?" I asked.

"I just want to know what it's like to kill somebody. You'll be dead soon," he replied, then started laughing, as though highly pleased with himself. 
He sauntered off, like nothing had happened. I lay there bleeding to death, but was now aware of my dismal fate. My life was ebbing away. Somehow I managed to get up and stumble home. I was rushed to a hospital and got the treatment I needed. I survived the attack, but apparently, I was the only victim who did. This maniac had murdered several small boys, and would have continued his killing spree, but I exposed him.

Lesson For Parents:

Tell your kids that if someone runs up to them, they should run away.  If someone starts talking "crazy" especially in a homicidal manner, get away from them quickly and report the person to a trusted authority.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

internet trolls and cyber bullies

A growing problem in blogs, Twitter, and online forums is the internet troll.

Trolls are cyber bullies who, while they appear to flame specific individuals, are actually jealous of online communities.

Their purpose is to anger and upset individual members, but their primary goal is to gain attention and to disrupt communities, especially when the members are peacefully helping and advising each other.

They tend to be anonymous, or use a fake name, a pseudonym. This is pure cowardice and fear of accountability, lawsuits, banning, etc. Trolls tend to have no clients, no content, and no allies, except other sadistic trolls.

Trolling is unvarnished misanthropy (hatred of humanity), usually coupled with a Luddite opposition to computers, blogs, user generated content, democracy, people power, and innovation. They often use the F word and juvenile insults.

Best method is to ignore and never mention the trolls.

Sometimes you have to bash them directly, which is fun.

EDIT UPDATE: This is a "post-in-progress". I will add links to The Matrix Online Guide to Trolls and other resources. Return to this post, if the topic interests you.

Check out my Vaspers Twitter messages for contextual blogocombat and advice.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

In Amerikkka the gun is god

Each of us must respond to this Virginia Tech massacre.

Not with grief or sympathy. What good can that do?

Most of it is grandstanding, prissy-flitting around like angels with weepy harps. We feel sad, we pause, we express compassion, we waltz around in flowers, then: Life as Usual. Nothing changes in us, nor in society.

We must respond with harder looks at disturbed and bizarrely behaving individuals. We have to stop sticking our heads in the sand, ignoring the warning signals. I'm sure we all have sociopaths in our midst. They may never act out their secret seethings, but are you willing to wait and see?

Not me. If I observe bizarre behavior, words, or attitudes, I'm committed to confronting and combating them, either defensively or offensively.

We must respond with deep questioning of our callous media and our worship of violence.

We pursue careers violently. We work violently. We are rough, rude, and unreasonable. We flock to violent music, movies, and moodswings.

To say you're not going to blog about it, because that's what the shooter wanted -- that attitude is absurd. The shooter wanted media attention after he killed others and himself.

I have blogged and Twittered extensively about this tragedy, but I discuss the worthless university administration, the lousy security crew, the dimwitted local cops.

I have never mentioned the shooter's name, it's too hard to spell "on the fly".

Virginia Tech massacre is being exploited by the filthy MainStream Media, as usual. Like they exploited OJ Simpson, Monica Lewinsky, Anna Nicole Smith, Don Imus, and now Virginia Tech. "The media doesn't care, they want YOU to care, so you'll continue to watch," someone said on Glenn Beck tonight. True.

Interviewing survivors, young shocked students, minutes after the crass, uncouth, and uncaring is that? That's your MSM, the bearers and defenders of professionalism and objectivity, sans conscience, without any morality or common sense.

Can we all try to become more peaceful as individuals. Can we learn to spot potential "go postal" killers in our midst? Can we fight back, and teach our children how to fight back, against kidnappers, molesters, con artists, bullies, terrorists, traitors?

Or are we too concerned with Web 2.0 conferences and streaming live video of us riding in a car? Too happy drinking beer at a blogger gathering to feel sorrow for mourning families, or to feel anger at university administrators who allowed 33 people to die?

Why didn't a bunch of males jump the shooter, like when he casually reloaded a new clip?

Why is no one explaining how to defeat a gunman, how to distract, confuse, and tackle him?

It is not impossible to stop an crazed killer. They are not superhuman, but that's what our motion pictures try to make us believe. A gun makes you a big man, a man who can solve problems, can get revenge.

Got a problem? Get a gun. This is Amerikkka.

Guns everywhere.

One guy wins every single war that is fought. The arms dealer.

Gunning up Amerikkka, gunning for Amerikkka, all gunned up: Amerikka.

Want fun? Play Grand Theft Auto, commit virtual crimes, kill virtual human people.

Violence is what Amerikkka great. We killed the native inhabitants, we killed our southern neighbors, we killed our enemies to the east and west, we kill and kill and watch killing on the boob tube, the "influencing machine" that is fading fast, giving way to social media tools.

Bomb the bad guys. Torture the terrorist. Fight fire with bigger fire. Avenge our slain, by slaying more, then more, and some more.

Hate, war, shoot, hurt, destroy: the Amerikkan way.

We pretend to feel sorrow for a few seconds, upon hearing of the slaughter, then go right back to watching movies and TV shows obsessed with homicide, crime scenes, vengeance, brutality.

In Amerikkka, the gun is god.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

contact Vaspers at Twitter

The fastest way to contact me nowadays is by joining Twitter and transmitting a Tweet.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

crybaby blogging

According to some, crybaby blogging is on the rise and for good reason. Why would more and more bloggers succumb to weepy loafing around and wimpy wheezing? We take a closer look, just for fun.

It's easy to be sad, dismayed that nobody pays any attention to you. Or they all pay too much attention to you, following you everywhere with their cameras and microphones and questions. So who can you lash out at?

You look around. Everybody else seems so large, so mighty, so self-assured. You feel the first tear roll down to your pouting lip. You think it doesn't seem fair that you're ignored or disliked. You want to be avenged by an adoring public.

People hear of your plight, your suffering, and they run to your side, weeping with you. They offer support, or cookies and coffee, or sympathy. You take what you can. It worked. The world seems brighter now.

The subversion of blog core values, in the name of emotional relief, looks absurd upon a careless and superficial examination, but when we scratch into it, beyond the surface, it scratches back.

Friday, January 19, 2007

how to detect authenticity

What is "authenticity"? Why is it a core value of blogging?

You can easily tell a spam comment from an authentic comment.

A spam comment is insincere, vague, irrelevant, or has an ulterior motive, an agenda that is either hostile or exploitive. They are using your blog comment field as an ad venue for dubious, malicious, or non-existing products. Spyware-attaching sites is where many spam comments link to.

Boiler plate comments posted hurriedly as part of an artificial, compensated, or company-mandated, these comments defending a product are always slightly off topic, or otherwise contrived. Using your blog as a message board, for free.

If you've been blogging a while, and using email, you should have great skill in detecting authenticity.

You also see authenticity and the lack thereof at work and in personal relations.

Authenticity means you do what you say. You stand by your word, even if guilty parties think you're "harsh", "abrupt", or "too direct". A chump is not authentic. He is a masochist with a "born to be victimized" mentality. They may issue a demand or command, but will not really check to see if it is complied with.

Chumps, wimps, pussies: all inauthentic.

Liars, con artists, exploiters and manipulators: inauthentic.

People who know how to "play" the system, the boss, charities, churches, and chumps: inauthentic.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

blog values as life values

how do you evolve your mind?

and do your blogging ethics carry through to your offline life?

but how can you evolve if you never do anything new, risky, dangerous, wild, exploratory, experimental, challenging, different, bizarre, contrarian, innovative, visionary, eccentric, advanced, difficult, provocative, problematic, unexpected, boat-rocking, world-shaking, thought-provoking, pattern-disrupting?

and are you authentic, passionate, transparent, credible, individualistic, creative, original, relevant, and full of integrity in all that you do when you're not blogging and commenting on other blogs?

HOW do you evolve yourself mentally, socially, artistically?

How do YOU do it?

We either evolve or we decay. There is no cozy mediocre island in between,.no medicinal shrub that scrapes us clean. We remove the filth of conformity and step out proudly, boldly, into the unknown, the unproven, the uncertain.

are your geeky blog values also your personal life values?

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Blog Burst editor explains blog journalism

Blog Burst interview with Senior Editor Tina Nelson.

I thought this was a good explanation of blogs in journalism, blogs and journalism, and blog journalism.

Blogs have caused the online world to expect and demand more interactivity, more user-generated content, more reader reviews, more forums and debates...

...and less advertising, marketing, and sales hype.

Consumers of products, and news is the quintessential product par excellance, since anyone can have it, anyone can be it, anyone can create it and add to it or subtract from it, it's easily customized and remixed for new uses.

The news, as consumable product, as reflection of and upon event, news, to remain news and not olds, the news has to renewed, replenished, resupplied both endlessly, and at the very moment of consumption, in perpetuity, forever and ever, amen.


As a consumer and a citizen of the world, the blogosphere provides a depth and breadth of content I could never have imagined when I was in Journalism school. It’s very exciting.

The BlogBurst service provides publishers the opportunity to present varying opinions and analysis of events and topics that is just not normally possible within the confines of most news budgets.

The end product is richer, more well-rounded content.

What experience from your previous jobs/positions and talents are you hoping to share and/or use for BlogBurst?

I was a reporter for many years and understand how seriously people take their publications and their content.

You are the guardian of words, ideas and opinions.

In my early days, I thought an Editor’s role was to make a reporter’s life miserable by hacking up their copy — no grace and no guts! Later I became a News Director, and my perception of what was “worthy” changed and broadened — even moreso as the Internet came into play.

Once I became responsible for the content offering as a whole, I began to fully understand the challenges faced by publishers. Being tasked with protecting the business brand and the organization’s credibility is a heavy burden. The calls you make aren’t often easy and are out there for the public to judge daily.

I later moved into working with content for technology companies, which eventually led me to BlogBurst.

I think my background affords me the unique ability to understand the mentality and values of both bloggers and publishers.

The needs of one and the desires of another are sometimes at odds and yet in this day and age, they must work together to support each other. I am hopeful that I can use my knowledge base to further enhance the working relationship between the two groups.

As an editor for a New Media product that is integrated into traditional media, what do you see as your biggest challenges? Or how do you think traditional publishers can best benefit from a content source like BlogBurst?

Allowing people other than recognized experts to comment and offer opinion on topics is so opposite of what we were all taught in Journalism school.

It’s a long standing tradition that publishers define what is news and who are the experts on a topic. Understandably, being open to this kind of user-generated content participation goes against the grain for traditional publishers.

But there are some incredibly lively and relevant blogs out there that can be hugely complementary to traditional media. There’s a comfort level that bloggers and publishers must come to in order for it to be beneficial.

Then everyone wins — especially the audience.


Friday, January 05, 2007

human dignity vs medical oppressors

[image: "eye in worded wonder" by se streight 2007]

Here's a values and human dignity question for you.

We, being interested in core values, can now go straight to the inner core of life itself, and how predators, hungry ghosts seeking money and temporal luxuries beyond belief, prey on the weak and helpless in society. While the holy and scientific people sit back, doing nothing to stop it.

Is it okay to surgically desex and devolve a young mentally retarded girl? To make it easier for the parents to take care of her?

Is the comfort and ease of the caregivers a valid reason to mutilate and sterilize and force to never age, a young mentally challenged girl?

Deconstructively speaking, she is YOUNG, she is MENTALLY SLOW, she is FEMALE.

Her oppressors and mutilators are OLD, they are HIGHLY EDUCATED, they are MALE.

How many more strikes could be against her? The ancient domination systems which we have vowed ceremoniously to destroy and remove, are in full fluid force here, with the most vulnerable and unprotected of all human entities: see how the high and mighty pounce upon her and punish her for being FEMALE.

The misogynist dream: to annihilate the FEMALE sex organs and mammory glands.

The MENTALLY SLOW are prohibited from AGEING and from being a MOTHER and from being FULLY HUMAN.

Why aren't there riots and fires in every city, by rampaging FEMINISTS, human rights ACTIVISTS, zealous PSYCHO-ANALYSTS, gung ho CASE WORKERS, high falutin' PHILOSOPHERS?

Where are the Buddhists? The Muslims? Followers of Jah or Jehovah? Good church or unchurched or antichurch people? Department of Human Services? Where, for that matter is Reginald Mental Hygiene in all of this? Unscientology? Salvation Navy? Hello? Is anybody home?

Where is the outcry?

She was physically, barbarically violated...and no one rose to stop the madness! Nazi Germany here we already are, in Amerika! Ghastly visions should haunt your every sleep.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

blogger ethics and honor

From all sides it seems to undergo attack, blog ethics and honor.
From the slide of a strange misfit arche-resurrect, freedom's daughter.
And now the sway of all things comes to decide
If blogs can really be a place for truth to abide.

Abridged and forming spans, the recalcitrant glow of hands,
unlibraried from the very last to the drifting of the sands.
The pre-lapse envied by the dredge and the demands,
a mishap, mental prisms, that no one overstands.