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.


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TechCrunch Me said...

This is not true. As bloggers, the whole purpose is to get the word out with regard to our given subject matter. People can't hear your message if they don't know you exist. Most bloggers don't have the money to launch expensive marketing campaigns, thus leaving comments is a way of letting others know you exist. Leaving a link in a comment doesn't automatically mean the person is a spammer. My little site is

steven edward streight said...

TechCrunchMe: Your comment proves my point. I am curious as to why you are ripping off TechCrunch, the name of a real site.

By calling your site TechCrunchMe, I feel you are (1) confusing the identity of both sites (2) trying to ride on the coat tails of a popular site (3) not being original.

Your site is full of ads, so you have used my blog as a free advertising billboard, attempting to drive traffic to your ads, though at least you did contribute some relevant remarks.

Most people just write something like "Great site. Read almost the entire post. Check out my site...[URL or embedded link].
Your reply is eagerly awaited.

Anonymous said...

Very little authenticity exists in personal interactions in the world today. The irrevelancy, the falseness, the faint whispers of life, the pretense, the whole facade of what is being called living. It is a fragile illusion, a huge soap bubble, pretty to look at but please don't come to close and for God's sake don't touch. We have created and are afraid to touch for fear of being seen in all of our humaness.
How will we get past our self-imposed prison bars.

steven edward streight said...

Probably by denying self, by getting sick of narcissistic excess, by moving from self to neighbor.