Saturday, September 29, 2007

The Tyee (at Looks Great! But it's rather low on the intelligence scale. It's also boring as hell

I had come across The Tyee online publication a couple of times before, because they made reference to my favorite blog The Tea Makers, and also to that minx Raymi.
It's a great looking web page and site, very professional, if still dull and old school.
It is peppered with the names of credible people, media types who enjoy the limelight and will go anywhere to get into print. The Tyee gives them a platform and makes a serious effort to scoop up advertising dollars just like a real magazine.
But it's very, very boring, and I had no reason to ever go back, unless of course they want to talk about something that I felt connected to.

On September 26th, 2007, they decided to publish a meaningless essay by guess who - Tod Maffin.
In it, Tod takes the term "self-serving" to new heights, and the editors were too witless to notice.
Tod chose a title that would get attention, and as usual, delivers absolutely nothing.

And that's it. That is Tod's entire contribution on the subject of The Future of Social Media.
Did we learn anything?

What follows is simply a list enumerating six websites that Tod thinks people should know about. They too are very attractive in lay-out and colours, graphics, etc, and will add absolutely nothing to your life or understanding of the future of social media.

It's a waste of time, but by all means confirm that for yourself.
But I'll point out the second entry ... a business associate of Tod Manipulator Maffin:

In his little blip of an essay, Tod manages to get in numerous links and plugs for his own company and those who help to promote Tod Maffin.
In fact, that's basically all the essay really is - exploiting the press and another opportunity get clicks on links that might translate into $$$.
And the well-meaning but clueless editors at The Tyee are under the impression that they actually have published a socially useful article.

However, there's more than ignorance and naivety at play here.
It won't surprise you that I made a comment about the article ...

(Note: My comments don't appear right away. You have to click on ALL COMMENTS to read them.)

Now if you think that the editors at The Tyee couldn't possibly be so easily fooled as to publish what amounts to nothing more than a commercial for Tod Maffin and his friends, then take a look at a comment that was allowed, in fact, deemed one of the Best ...

Here you see a guy who is cut from the same cloth as Tod Maffin, an exploiter of media who takes advantage in order to serve himself and his business.
He has nothing at all to say. For all that he adds in the way of remarks, he might just as well have only glanced at the article before jumping into the comment field.
But he's made a very deliberate effort to plug his own company, yet another marketing firm that offers it's services in the art of manipulation.
And "treasures" Tod Maffin's bullshit.

Now why would Maurice's useless comment be deemed to be better than mine?
Let's just say that it's very easy to call up your friends and have them "vote" in such a way as to suppress some comments and highlight others.
Would Tod Maffin do that?
Manipulate and prevent unfavourable feedback?
What an outrageous suggestion!

No comments:

What's your problem?

Tod Maffin's version of absolute power.
I wrote a comment at a famous blog.
Tod didn't like it, and took the intial steps of legal action to have it removed.
He was successful.

It made me an unhappy camper.
And I happen to really like it here.

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