Monday, July 28, 2008

The fuck, Deadspin?

Journalism commentary, Dpt:

This was originally going to be about JP Ricciardi and his weird anti-Adam-Dunn, keep-AJ-Burnett-despite-being-all-but-done-playoff-wise rhetoric, but then I realized I didn't know what else I was going to say. I just thought he should have blown that whole team up before this season. Whatever.

Anyway, the topic I settled on for this post is: What the hell happened to the Deadspin commentariat? Take this quote from commenter mfdoom on the dick-to-the-face-nike-ads post:
they get like 5 comments in before the fags bring the heat. shit, they just need to go back to their gaybies and quit taking themselves so seriously.

I know this is pot-kettle-black territory, coming from a guy who spends an inordinate amount of time drearily parsing Peter King's manchildish ramblings, but where's the funny? And it's not so much that it turned out unfunny as that it had absolutely no chance of ever being the tiniest bit funny at all. It's just an guy saying a thing. Which (ahem, again with the kitchenware) I realize is part of the democratic, or whatever, appeal of the blogosphere. It's just that the space below Deadspin posts, not long ago, was a place where merit prevailed. Now...the comments really aren't worth reading. I can (and do) get all the stupid I want at or any other MSM site. At least I'm on the lookout for it there.


Alasdair Wilkins said...
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Archie Micklewhite said...

For the record, my argument (and I don't think I'm alone in this) is that blogs are at their best when they're meritocratic, not democratic. Sure, give everyone a voice, but I'm only going to bother listening to (well, reading) the ones that have something interesting to say.

Of course, everyone knows alternative rapper M.F. Doom doesn't know shit about sports. Now if Method Man starts losing his shit, that'll be an issue...